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
Cough, runny nose, body aches: right now, in the typical
, 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
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
19 were identified
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.
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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.” Wa.de *, ruhr24.de and fr.de * 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) * Merkur.de, wa.de, ruhr24.de and fr.de are part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editorial network.
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