By CAPosts 02 December, 2020 - 01:16pm 49 views
Although the flu can strike at any time of the year, the season when we most commonly catch respiratory illnesses is approaching. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic we are living in, it is even more important to learn to distinguish between the common cold, influenza and COVID, so that in case you do get sick you can take the appropriate measures.
It is important that, if in doubt, you seek medical attention. Don't risk your health or that of others!
Symptoms in common
Cold, flu, and COVID-19 both commonly present:
Fever Cough Cut body Sore throat Sometimes nasal congestion Headache
However, there are 3 key differences that will help you distinguish between one and the other.
Cold symptoms are often uncomfortable, but not severe, unlike influenza and COVID-19 which can cause, in the worst case, breathing difficulties.
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The incubation period is the time that passes between the moment of infection and the appearance of symptoms of a disease. Currently it is estimated that the symptoms of the Coronavirus appear on average between 5-6 days after having contact with the virus, although it can take up to 14 days, unlike influenza, whose symptoms can appear even two days after being exposed to the virus
This is part one of the reasons why COVID-19 has spread so much. Studies have found that a person can be contagious even days before presenting symptoms, and therefore more likely to have contact with others.
The common cold, meanwhile, can present symptoms one day after infection.
The symptoms that distinguish them
The clearest signal that we have at the moment to distinguish between one disease and another is the loss of the sense of taste and smell. This only occurs in some COVID patients (although not all). Vomiting and diarrhea are also symptoms sometimes experienced by people infected with Coronavirus, especially children.
There is no cure for any of these three diseases, but cold and flu symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter products at the pharmacy. Look for products for the day, such as Tabcin Active with acetaminophen, to help relieve symptoms. For the night, look for an option with doxylamine that helps you sleep without discomfort like Tabcin Night. Tabcin features liquid gel technology that is fast absorbing versus a tablet.
Remember that the best way to prevent these diseases is by constantly washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, nose and mouth, and staying home if you have any of these symptoms to avoid spreading the virus.
It's time to take care of each other!
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