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New study shows: This symptom points to a corona infection - in contrast to colds and flu


Autumn is cold and flu season. Or is it Covid-19 after all? A current study can help distinguish corona from colds and flu-like infections.

Autumn is cold and flu season.

Or is it Covid-19 after all?

A current study can help distinguish corona from colds and flu-like infections.

  • Runny nose, cough, fever

    : which symptoms indicate a cold and which indicate a Covid-19 infection *?

    There is uncertainty.

  • A new study from London


    patients who were infected with corona for the

    most common symptoms


  • A symptom therefore very likely indicates a

    corona infection


Cough, runny nose, body aches: right now, in the typical

cold season

, many people are unsettled: Is it just a small cold, a flu or is it even a corona infection?


University College in London (UCL)

has published a study that can provide more clarity in the allocation of symptoms.

According to the researchers, two symptoms should be "reliable indicators" of a corona infection.

The scientists published the results of the study in the journal

PLOS Medicine


Also interesting:

if you notice this corona symptom, see a doctor immediately - fit, young people also affected.

Cold, flu or corona: You should pay particular attention to these symptoms

There are many different symptoms that corona patients can suffer from.

Unfortunately, many of them also appear in colds and flu-like infections, which makes it difficult to differentiate at first.

In the London study, various

symptoms of the

subjects infected

with Covid


19 were identified


  • Chest pain

  • Difficulty breathing

  • a headache

  • Muscle aches

  • Sweats

  • stomach pain

  • to cough

  • fever

  • Sore throat

The problem: All of these symptoms could point to a

cold, flu and Covid-19 infection


But the more of these symptoms a patient has, the more likely it is a corona infection.

Read more:

Shortness of breath due to Corona long after the mild course of the disease - Doctors warn of "trivializing the pandemic"

This unusual symptom is very likely to indicate Covid-19 infection

UCL researchers also noted that one symptom of other illnesses like the common cold and flu is rather uncommon:

loss of smell and taste


78 percent of the test persons who complained about a loss of sense of smell or taste carried corona antibodies.

At the same time, 40 percent of people who were infected with the coronavirus and had lost their sense of taste or smell said they had neither a cough nor a fever.

Head of Studies

Rachel Batterham concludes from this that “the loss of smell and taste is a very reliable indicator that someone is likely to have Covid-19.” *, and * also report on this.

Her recommendation: Governments around the world should consider this symptom as a criterion for self-isolation, testing, and identifying contacts to help contain the pandemic.

So if you soon no longer smell everyday smells and can no longer taste food, this could be a strong

indicator of a Covid-19 infection


Then you should definitely get tested.

(mad) *,, and are part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editorial network.

Source: UCL

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Source: merkur

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