The symptoms of influenza and Covid-19 are very similar. But an American study managed to show that the first signs were distinguished from one pathology to another. Useful in times of seasonal flu?
The order of symptoms would be important. Anyway, here’s an American study published in Sciencedaily claims.
In fact, researchers at the University of Southern California believe they have found the likely order in which Covid’s symptoms first appear.
By studying and analyzing data from 55,924 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in China, all collected by the World Health Organization (WHO) between February 16 and 24, as well as 1,100 cases collected between December 11 2019 and January 29, convened by the China Medical Treatment Expert Group, through the National Health Commission of China, concluded that the first in order was the fever, followed by coughing, muscle aches, then nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
There are many aspects to knowing the order of symptoms: yes helping patients do heal faster, help doctors rule out other diseases and even plan how to treat patients and maybe earlier intervention in the disease.
“This order is especially important to know especially in times of seasonal illness such as flu that accompanies coronavirus infections,” explains professor of medicine Peter Kuhn who participated in the announcement.
“And it could even reduce hospital admission time given its faster identification,” said Joseph Larsen, the study’s lead author.
Covid fever, cough the flu
To compare the order of the symptoms of coronavirus with that of influenza, the researchers looked at data from 2,470 cases of influenza in North America, Europe and the Southern Hemisphere, reported to health officials in 1994. to 1998.
According to his researchers the procedure for the coronavirus in fever, then cough, followed by muscle pain, nausea and / or vomiting, followed by diarrhea.
For flu, first of all cough, then fever.
Also read: Covid-19, a flu or a simple cold, how to distinguish them? List of symptoms
The pathology is slowly settling or appears suddenly?
The Institut Pasteur emphasizes that the onset of symptoms is made gradually over several days with the coronavirus, as opposed to the flu that begins suddenly “.
Gesture barriers to avoid everything
Remember that barrier gestures are always helpful and even more so in times of flu. They will avoid catching or passing seasonal pathologies and protect against the coronavirus.
Doctors are also encouraging people to get the flu to make diagnosis easier.
The French government also listed Covid’s symptoms, stating that it was mainly fever or a feeling of fever (cold, hot cold), cough, headache, body aches and unusual fatigue.
But also sudden loss of smell (without nasal obstruction), complete disappearance of taste or even diarrhea. And in more serious forms: breathing difficulties that can lead to hospitalization in intensive care or even death.
Covid, flu, cold: the list of symptoms compiled by the British health service
The list of symptoms to distinguish Covid, influenza and simple colds was compiled by the National Health Service, the British health service a few months ago.
For the Covid-19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus or Covid-19 are
– Fever (from 37.8 ° C).
Persistent cough (usually dry).
– Loss of taste and / or smell.
Sometimes patients may experience fatigue, body aches, sore throats, headaches and shortness of breath.
Diarrhea and a runny or stuffy nose are rare.
For the flu
The most common symptoms of flu are:
– Fever (from 37.8 ° C).
– Significant fatigue.
– Body pains.
Sometimes people have a running or blocked nose or sore throat.
Sometimes diarrhea can occur in children.
There is no sneezing or shortness of breath.
For a cold
The most common symptoms of a cold are:
– Nose running or stuff.
– Sore throat.
– Body pains.
A mild cough can be felt. Sometimes there is fatigue and it is rare to have a fever or headache. Cold does not cause diarrhea.