You are completely vaccinated. You feel good about it. One fine morning when you get up you have a sore throat and a terrible headache. Our immediate concern in the ongoing pandemic is that – is it COVID? Breakthrough infections are spreading rapidly. Health experts say that fully vaccinated people can be down with summer cold than COVID-19.
Summer Cold Or COVID-19? How To Tell The Difference?
The recent ease of regulations regarding masking and social distancing has contributed to an increase in cold cases that usually happen during the winter months. Also, people are highly concerned than before and reporting their symptoms because of the fear of pandemic and its symptoms.
Dr.Melanie Swift, a physician at Mayo Clinic says that it is sometimes RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) a common virus that causes mild cold-like symptoms in kids. It is also one of the major causes of pneumonia in children.
She says that they are testing for coronavirus too in cases of RSV. Ironically many covid-19 symptoms and cold flu symptoms are similar. While few states are seeing a rise in delta variants of COVID-19, those who experience respiratory symptoms have not been able to differentiate what is causing illness.
According to the World Health Organization, around 15% of COVID-19 cases are severe and critical. This chance of severe and critical infection is higher in COVID-19 than in flu. COVID-19 is more deadly and has taken more lives.
A common cold virus too may persist for 7 to 8 days. The major symptom that can stand out from cold to corona is loss of smell. One can confirm if it’s summer cold or COVID-19 is by undergoing a test.
Difference between Common cold and Corona
Common cold and Corona both are caused by viruses. COVID is caused by the SARS-COV-2 virus while the common cold is a result of rhinovirus. Both spread in similar ways and cause many similar symptoms. While COVID-19 Symptoms will appear after 10 to 14 days of exposure to the virus the common cold virus causes cold within 3 days of exposure.
It should also be noted that seasonal allergies may also cause shortness of breath which is a very similar symptom of COVID. Seasonal allergies cause shortness of breath only if you have an underlying respiratory condition like asthma. Also common cold typically affects the upper respiratory tract. While COVID can result in fever, nausea, headaches, and sometimes diarrhea.
How does it spread?
Both COVID-19 and flu can spread from people because of proximity. Both spread through viruses present in particles when a sick person sneezes or coughs. It can also spread by an infected touching a sick person or any surface touched by a sick person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is more contagious than the flu virus.
Older adults, people with already existing medical conditions, and kids are more prone to get affected by both viruses.
How to avoid getting affected by the Cold?
It is surprising to see that the measures followed for coronae like masking and social distancing are effective in stopping the spread of corona too.
Some of the popular measures include –
- Avoiding close contact with anyone regardless of vaccinated or not
- Mandatorily wearing a face mask in indoor public places.
- Covering your mouth and nose with hands when you sneeze.
- Avoiding touching eyes nose and mouth.
- Cleaning and sanitizing everywhere such as doorknobs, switches.
When to consult the doctor?
You should consult a doctor if your health keeps deteriorating and a high fever persists. If you have symptoms like shortness of breath then immediate medical guidance is required.
Health officials suggest American citizens stay home if they feel unwell. Following masking and hygiene are the two best solutions available right now.
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