Despite the fact that the COVID-19 disease covers everything, but the rest of the viruses and bacteria have not disappeared. There is a good chance that what you have is a different infection. Some signs can reassure you.
A disease, including COVID-19, does not always respond to the same symptoms. It varies from patient to patient.
However, these variations, which the physician should be aware of, are usually rare. The vast majority agree on the symptoms.
As you know, in coronavirus infection, there is high fever and dry cough; later, shortness of breath.
Coronavirus symptoms are more common in other diseases
There are other symptoms that, in a very high percentage, are common in other diseases and practically rule out the coronavirus.
The first major study of symptoms, published by The New England Journal of Medecine, clarifies which symptoms are not common.
1. TEARING AND INFLATED EYES
Less than 1% of those affected by the coronavirus have swollen irritated or watery eyes.
It is a symptom that is associated with an allergy or a common cold. It is one of the most obvious signs to start ruling out COVID-19.
2. CONGESTED NOSE AND MOCOS
A very common symptom of common colds and, to a lesser extent, influenza, and has rarely been detected in COVID-19.
The coronavirus affects the upper part of the respiratory system less, unlike common constipation.
So these symptoms of the upper part of the head are more typical of a cold.
Sneezes are common from the flu, colds, and allergies to mites or pollen, for example.
A dry cough, typical of the coronavirus, can also be a sign of the flu or even a cold. That is, do not think that it is a coronavirus either.
Fever is one of the most common factors in coronavirus infection. Even if it takes two or three days, it almost always appears.
Only high fever is related to COVID-19
It is also a fever that exceeds 37.5 degrees. The average is usually between 38 and 39 degrees during illness.
The slight fever can be caused by a cold. It is not usual, but when it is intense, it is accompanied by low fever and some general discomfort.
Only 4% of coronavirus patients get this symptom.
It is more common in a stomach virus, spoiled food, or even nerves.
Nausea and vomiting also occur very rarely among COVID-19 patients (5%).
Some aerial viruses can end up in the digestive tract and cause digestive problems. But it is not normal.
Only 5% of infected people feel nauseated by this virus
A stomach virus or spoiled food are much more common causes.
7. FATIGUE, WEAKNESS, TIREDNESS
Fatigue is a very common symptom of the flu. The feeling of weakness and fatigue can last for two weeks.
It is true that in the COVID-19, there is also fatigue, but to a lesser extent, it has been seen in a third of those infected by the coronavirus.
8. MUSCLE PAIN
Muscle or joint pain is a common symptom of the flu. Also, of course, to other non-respiratory diseases.
Body pain is more like flu. Few cases (less than 15%) with pain have been described in those infected with coronavirus.
In a similar proportion to muscle pain, it is almost always a flu symptom in respiratory diseases.
In this type of illness, be it the flu or COVID-19, the headache occurs along with other symptoms.
If you are only suffering from a headache without any other symptoms (fever, cough), it is probably migraine or tension pain.
10. YOU CAN BREATHE DEEP
If you have other symptoms, such as cough and fever, but you breathe well, don’t rule it out as the common flu.
It could be a coronavirus but in a mild condition.
But the disease, if it spreads and goes down to the lungs, causes a very characteristic feeling of shortness of breath, typical of pneumonia.
NOT ALWAYS THE SAME
Even though in the vast majority of cases, these symptoms coincide with other pathologies that are not COVID-19, today, without doing the coronavirus test, there is no complete certainty.
The general recommendation is that, if you have any symptoms and doubts, take extreme precautions, and do not expose others to unnecessary risks.
The data has shown that the symptoms of the coronavirus can be mild, similar to mild cold.
More commonly, they are flu-like symptoms and can even mislead health workers themselves.