Corona or flu: This symptom indicates Covid 19 disease

Fall is a cold and flu season. Or is it Covid-19 after all? An up-to-date exam can help differentiate corona from colds and flu-like infections.

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Cough, runny nose, pain in the body: typical at the moment Cold seasonMany people doubt: is it just a mild cold, flu, or even a corona infection?

The University College London (UCL) has published a study that can provide more clarity in the assignment of symptoms. According to the researchers, two symptoms should be “reliable indicators” of a corona infection. The scientists published the results of the study in the journal PLOS medicine.

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Cold, flu, or corona: You should pay special attention to these symptoms

There are many different symptoms that corona patients can experience. Unfortunately, many of them also occur with colds and flu-like infections, which makes it difficult to differentiate at first. There were several in the London study Symptoms of Covid– –19 infected subjects identified::

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • a headache
  • Muscle strain
  • Sweat
  • stomach pain
  • to cough
  • fever
  • Sore throat

The problem: all of these symptoms can be related to either Cold, flu and Covid-19 infection Hints. However, the more of these symptoms a patient has, the more likely it is that it is a corona infection.

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This unusual symptom most likely indicates a Covid-19 infection

UCL researchers also found that a symptom of other illnesses like the common cold and flu is fairly rare: the Loss of smell and taste. 78 percent of the subjects who complained of a loss of smell or taste had corona antibodies. At the same time, 40 percent of people infected with the coronavirus who had lost their sense of taste or smell said they did not have a cough or fever. Head of Studies Rachel Batterham concludes that “loss of smell and taste is a very reliable indicator that someone is likely to have Covid-19”. waten *, ruhr24.de and fr.de. * Report about it.

Her recommendation: Governments around the world should consider this symptom as a criterion for self-isolation, testing and identifying contacts in order to manage the pandemic. So, when you can’t smell the everyday smells and can’t taste the food, it can be a strong one Indication of a Covid-19 infection turn in. Then you should definitely get tested. (mad) * Merkur.de, wa.de, ruhr24.de and fr.de are part of the national editorial network Ippen-Digital.

Das: UCL

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