The coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, this time, towards a second wave that continues to leave high numbers of contagion in Spain and that has forced the declaration of a new state of alarm and the application of a national curfew.
In addition, the arrival of the flu season makes it essential to know what the symptoms of Covid-19 are, since these they can be very easily confused with those of the flu.
According to the World Health Organization, the most common symptoms, which affect most patients, they are fever, dry cough and tiredness. However, there are other less common ones that are also repeated in a high percentage of patients:
- Aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Skin rashes or loss of color on the fingers or toes
Finally, in addition to these more or less common symptoms, there are other symptoms that are more serious, which some of Covid-19 patients also present, and which are the following: shortness of breath or feeling short of breath, chest pain or pressure and inability to speak or move.
Many of the people infected with Covid-19 are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms. In fact, about 80% recover from the disease without any kind of hospital treatment. On the contrary, 1 in 5 people, according to WHO data, have a serious condition and breathing difficulties.
Those who have any of these symptoms should be confined at home awaiting a test that rules out contagion to prevent spread and, if it is serious, they should seek health care. People who are infected with Covi-19 begin to have symptoms 5 or 6 days after being infected, but it can take up to 14 days.
For its part, seasonal flu symptoms range from the sudden onset of fever, dry cough, muscle, joint, headache and throat pain and a general malaise and profuse runny nose. Many of them can be confused with Covid-19, so it is advisable to follow the indications of the health authorities to try to avoid contagion until the disease causing these symptoms is clarified.