A runny nose, a little fever, and it’s a whole process that gets carried away. We worry. Currently, there are many testimonies from parents forced to pick up their child from school for a simple cold and doctors, consulted to establish non-covid certificates, are overwhelmed.
> Similar symptoms
In fact, what is it? At the very least, the symptoms are not easy to distinguish. “
This is precisely the problem with the coronavirus, its symptoms are very similar to those of the flu: a runny nose, sore throat, body aches, fever. Sometimes diarrhea, nausea and vomiting too. But nothing that really distinguishes it from other viruses », Confirms Stéphane Moniotte, head of the Pediatrics department of the Saint-Luc University Clinics to the newspaper The evening. Some professionals put forward the loss of taste and smell to spot the coronavirus. Except that in some cases of colds or flu, these are also symptoms that can appear.
> An order in the appearance of symptoms
American researchers have established an order in which symptoms of Covid-19 are more likely to appear. ” We hypothesize that the order of symptom onset could help patients and healthcare professionals more quickly diagnose and distinguish Covid-19 from other respiratory illnesses “, They indicated, in the scientific journal Frontiers in Public Health.
And according to them, in the order of symptoms related to Covid-19, fever appears first, then comes cough, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. Which is slightly different from the flu or cold, where the fever occurs after a cough, muscle pain, and headache and / or throat pain.
> Wait three days
Fever is also not a marker to differentiate Covid-19 from the common cold. ” The nasopharyngitis gives fever, in general it resolves very quickly, in 48 hours. While for covid-19, we see everything », Warns Anne-Claude Crémieux, professor of infectious diseases at Saint-Louis hospital in Paris and member of the National Academy of Medicine, questioned by the site Doctissimo.
The best is not to panic and wait. On Twitter, a doctor advises to wait three days if there is a fever.
A number of days that land website of the French Association of Outpatient Pediatrics for parents confirms.
> How to avoid the common cold?
To avoid catching a cold: the first advice to follow is to cover yourself up and make sure that you never get cold in your feet, head, neck or back. It is also generally recommended to play sports, and eat well.
> Take a first test online
As a reminder, the site maladiecoronavirus.fr, referenced by the Ministry of Health, allows those who think they are infected to take an anonymous and free “test”: 24 questions on their symptoms (fever, cough, respiratory discomfort, aches, etc.) but also on their medical history, their age.