Coronavirus, flu, cold or allergy? A graph helps to know the differences


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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a guide to clarify the symptoms of each disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – the agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services – released a chart so people can tell the difference between the symptoms of Coronavirus and the common cold.

The US government, like all countries in the world, is concerned about the spread of the pandemic that has already left 47 dead and more than 2,000 infected in that nation alone. One of the problems is that the Coronavirus has symptoms very similar to those of the common cold, the flu, or allergies.

The CDC released a chart to differentiate symptoms. The first thing to ask yourself is if the person has a fever. If you have, and experience shortness of breath, you should see your doctor because it could be Coronavirus. Other symptoms of this pandemic are cough, fatigue, and weakness. If the answer is that you don’t experience shortness of breath, you could get the flu. Other flu symptoms are cough, fatigue and weakness as well.

Another question to ask yourself, the CDC says, is whether the person has irritated eyes. If that happens, it could be an allergy. Other allergy symptoms are sneezing and a runny nose. Meanwhile, if you don’t have irritated eyes, it could be a common cold. Other symptoms of a cold are sneezing, a runny nose, and mild chest discomfort.

(Coronavirus, flu, cold or allergy?)

CORONAVIRUS 2019 – nCoV: The disease

What are the symptoms?

Some infected people do not show any symptoms, while for others, the symptoms can be severe, even fatal.

These are common symptoms that can vary from person to person and that only a doctor can diagnose.

In dialogue with Infobae, Gerardo Laube, a pediatrician, infectologist and teacher at the Faculty of Medicine of the Inter-American Open University (UAI), stated that the person should present a fever picture as a starting point. If you don’t have it, you should rest easy. If you also have a respiratory problem, you should immediately consult the doctor, who is the only one authorized to determine if the patient has a virus and what the diagnosis is.

Laube maintained that if he presents these problems, the doctor must establish the patient’s history there, if he has any previous pathology and, most importantly, if he was in countries where the virus circulated: China, Italy, Spain, the United States and the rest of the places that are already known. If it was not, it might be a picture of what we know as influenza. That is why medical evaluation is essential, said the professional.

According to the World Health Organization, in the event of any decline and feverish symptoms or coughing, it is essential to consult the doctor and explain where he was or with whom in the last hours or days. In addition, it lists fever, cough, malaise, headache, and difficulty breathing as symptoms of the disease.

Jorge Salas Hernández, general director of the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER) of Mexico, reiterated that the symptoms of the Coronavirus are very similar to a picture of influenza; therefore, people could saturate public and private hospitals; however, there is a way to tell the difference. “The symptoms are very similar, but what will make the difference to guide the diagnosis are these two factors: staying in a high-risk city or contact with patients confirmed with COVID-19,” stressed the specialist.

The new Coronavirus has caused at least 5,402 deaths worldwide since it appeared in December, according to a balance established by the AFP news agency based on official sources, this Saturday at 09:00 GMT. Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 143,400 cases of contagion were counted in 135 countries or territories.

It is important to note that the number of officially registered cases does not 100% reflect reality, as there are countries with different diagnostic and accounting criteria. From Friday, March 13, at 5:00 pm. GMT 55 new deaths and 2,677 infections were registered worldwide.

Mainland China (not counting Hong Kong and Macao), where the epidemic broke out in late December, registered 80,824 people infected, of whom 3,189 died and 65,541 were completely healed. In the last 24 hours, there have been 11 new cases and 13 deaths.

In the rest of the world, on Saturday, March 14, at 9:00 GMT, there were a total of 2,213 deaths (42 more than the day before) and 62,583 cases (2,665 new infections).

After China, the most affected countries are Italy, with 2,503 deaths and 31,506 cases, Iran with 988 deaths (15,618 cases), Spain with 533 deaths (11,826 cases), and France, with 175 deaths (7,730 infections) – as of March 17, 2020, at 4 pm.

From Friday, March 13, at 5:00 pm. GMT, Ecuador announced its first virus-related deaths. Kosovo, Mauritania, Uruguay, Suriname, Guatemala, Antigua and Barbuda, Namibia, Puerto Rico and Guinea announced their first infections.

On Friday, March 13 at 5:00 pm. GMT, and since the beginning of the epidemic, Asia had 91,346 infections (3,299 deaths); Europe, 36,399 (1,514), Middle East, 12,475 (527); United States and Canada, 2,350 (48); Latin America and the Caribbean, 388 (5); Oceania, 244 (3) and Africa, 205 (6).

This balance was made using data from national authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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