From the beginning of the pandemic, it has been said that the symptoms that accompany infection with the new type of virus are somewhat similar to those of a cold or flu. It’s just that the researchers decided to shed some light on this case.
It is a difficult period due to the health crisis not only in Romania, but also in Europe. The second wave has somehow overlapped with the flu epidemic and many people who catch a cold or have flu-like symptoms are automatically associated with the new type of virus. There are, however, some peculiarities.
It is true that coronavirus infection can come with different symptoms from one person to another. Others are asymptomatic, but that doesn’t mean they can’t transmit the virus. The researchers identified seven categories of symptoms, according to Deutsche Welle, that are extremely common in infected people.
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Several researchers from the University Clinic in Vienna managed to divide the symptoms into 7 categories, the results of their study being published in the journal Allergy. In this study, 109 recoverers participated, ie people who suffered from COVID-19, but who are recovering, and 98 healthy people.
Thus, 7 types of specific symptoms were identified:
- 1. Influenza symptoms (fever, chills, fatigue and cough)
- 2. Symptoms of coughs (coughs, sneezing, dry throat, stuffy nose)
- 3. Muscle and joint pain
- 4. Inflammation of the eyes and mucous membranes
- 5. Lung disorders (pneumonia or difficulty breathing)
- 6. Gastrointestinal disorders
- 7. Loss of sense of smell and taste and other symptoms
After their identification, several conclusions were born: it was observed that a patient suffering from COVID-19, who had a high fever, has immunity for a longer period of time than people who had a symptom of loss of taste and of smell.
In the case of Covid-19, the researchers found that after 10 weeks, the immune system of patients with COVID-19 showed changes. It’s like a fingerprint that stays in the blood of these people. The number of granulocytes, which usually fight pathogens such as bacteria, was much lower in people in the group who had Covid.
Research is also helping to create an effective vaccine against the disease caused by the new type of virus.