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Flu, colds, Covid-19: how to distinguish them?


DECRYPTION - The great return of the common winter virus diseases may confuse patients and complicate the task of doctors.

Winter is approaching and, with it, its usual share of viruses and other little ailments not always identified.

The difference is that this year, ordinary viruses will be added to the Sars-CoV-2 epidemic, which will make things more complex.

Where a sore throat, a little fever and a runny nose do not usually cause concern and do not prevent you from continuing to live normally, you will now have to be vigilant and tirelessly ask yourself the same question: is- what the Covid-19?

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The problem is that, except to do a screening test - which is not necessarily obvious given the current delays in obtaining an appointment and / or the result - there is no way, especially in mild forms of the disease, to discriminate this infection from a common cold or flu.

"In terms of clinical signs, there is no big difference",

confirms Dr Matthieu Calafiore, general practitioner and lecturer at the University of Lille.

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Source: lefigaro

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