Bhubaneswar: Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause disease in animals. The new virus, have made the jump to humans, but most just cause common cold-like symptoms.
The new virus, officially known as Covid-19, is also more dangerous than the common cold.
What are the symptoms coronavirus causes?
The virus can cause pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.
Coronavirus symptoms do include fever, cough and shortness of breath, which are also tied to the flu, the common cold and seasonal allergies. If you’ve been sick over the last few weeks, your mind, or the minds of those around you, maybe wondering about coronavirus though. Differences with coronavirus, when compared to other illnesses, can be distinguished.
Some patients may have “aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea”, the WHO adds. “These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell”.
At first glance, symptoms for the new coronavirus, otherwise known as 2019-nCoV, are similar to those we know as a common cold or flu.
Common coronavirus symptoms can include:
— Dry cough
— Shortness of breath
— Aching muscles
Less typical coronavirus symptoms:
— Phlegm buildup
Symptoms atypical for coronavirus:
— Runny nose
— Sore throat
A runny nose and a sore throat are typical signs of upper respiratory infection. Therefore, those who have bouts of sneezing or get the sniffles likely have the flu or a common cold.
As the new coronavirus generally affects the lower respiratory tract, most of those infected exhibit a dry cough, shortness of breath or pneumonia, but not a sore throat.
Flu or cold? Here are the little differences
With a cold, most people get a scratchy throat, then a runny nose and eventually develop a cough. Those symptoms, as well as fever and headache, can plague a person for days, making them feel listless.
By comparison, the flu hits you all at once: A flu patient’s head and limbs ache, a dry cough begins, one’s voice becomes hoarse, painful throat aches occur and a high fever (up to 41°C / 105°F), often accompanied by chills, can knock you out in short order. One just wants to stay in bed, feels exhausted, has no appetite and can sleep for hours on end.
A common cold typically passes within a few days and most symptoms go away after about a week. A flu is more tedious, keeping a person bedridden for at least a week, in some cases requiring several weeks before a person truly feels healthy again.