Comparison of the Symptom of Coronaviruses with Those of Flu, Allergies, and Common Cold

Comparison of the Symptom of Coronaviruses with Those of Flu, Allergies, and Common Cold


Some symptoms of COVID-19 overlap with those of colds, allergies, and flu. This can make it difficult to diagnose without testing.


The coronavirus mostly affects the lungs and often causes fever and dry cough. About 20% of patients develop a breathing problem, which doctors consider to be one of the most worrying symptoms. Other symptoms include fatigue, body aches, swollen toes, sore throat, and gastrointestinal problems. Here are the symptoms associated with COVID-19 and how they compare to cold, flu, and allergy symptoms:  


If you sneeze, you probably do not have COVID-19. 


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If you sneeze, you are unlikely to have COVID-19. A runny nose is also more often associated with a cold or allergies. For many people, the onset of spring brings allergies that lead to sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, and shortness of breath. According to a report by the World Health Organization examining about 56,000 Chinese patients, finds only 4.8% of COVID-19 patients had congestion. 


The most common symptoms of coronavirus are fever (in 87.9% of cases studied), dry cough (67.7% of cases), and fatigue (38.1%). Diarrhea and vomiting can also be signs of COVID-19 and serve as early indicators of infection. According to a growing study, the overlap between symptoms of COVID-19 and those of other more common diseases explains in part the need for comprehensive screening. The United States now has one of the highest rates per capita test in the world, after first gradually increasing compared to other countries. As of writing this article, more than 6 million Americans were tested. If you think you have coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will advise you to see your doctor.


Extended CDC List of COVID-19 Symptoms 

When the new coronavirus was first identified in China, patients appeared to develop at least one of three symptoms: fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. However, the data were skewed by the fact that most of the patients tested for the virus had serious cases that required hospitalization.


Because the virus has spread around the world, doctors have reported additional symptoms in patients - even in mild to moderate cases. The CDC recently added three warning signs for emergencies and six health problems to its official list of COVID-19 symptoms. These include chills, repeated tremors with chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throats, and loss of taste or smell. These symptoms usually appear two days to two weeks after exposure to the virus, according to the bureau.

Some patients have also reported additional symptoms such as fatigue and swollen toes that appear frozen.

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