The flu is very close, and this season makes it particularly difficult for health workers to work, as the flu and kovid viruses cause similar symptoms and make diagnosis more difficult. Complications are greater in the more severe form of kovid-19 than in the more severe form of the flu, according to a new US study.
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How to distinguish the symptoms? Both infections cause a sudden cough and fever, as well as a general feeling of weakness.
Sore throat, headache, muscle aches, runny nose are more common in patients with the flu, and loss of sense of smell and taste is typical of kovid, according to the German Robert Koch Institute.
The German Institute of Public Health announced in a recent report that the most common signs of kovid are cough, which occurs in 45% of cases and fever in 38%. The loss of the sense of smell, the anosmia, is felt by 15% of patients. But a lab test is the only way to make a safe diagnosis.
According to doctors, the simplest way to identify a common cold is, although it can also cause sore throat, fatigue, chills and headache. That is, a cold will not cause the general feeling of weakness that accompanies the flu. When comparing kovid and influenza, the new pandemic disease causes significantly more serious cases, the Robert Koch Institute said.
On average, covid patients need more hospital care. They end up in intensive care units more often and stay there longer for treatment. With the crown, 17 complications are more common. 22 percent of people with kovid end up with a respiratory tract, compared with 14 percent of those with the flu.
U.S. researchers compared the complication rate in 3,948 adults who were hospitalized for kovid-19 and 5,453 in hospital in previous years for the flu. Patients included in the study who suffered from the flu had more comorbidities, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Nevertheless, patients with kovid-19 had a five-fold higher mortality rate and about twice the need to be admitted to the intensive care unit, as well as a longer hospital stay than those with the flu.
Patients with covid were also more likely to develop up to 17 different complications, including those related to diseases of the lungs, blood, heart, blood vessels, nervous system, kidneys and liver.
A U.S. study published last week and a weekly report on the morbidity and mortality of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the risk of complications in the case of kovid-19 is higher among African Americans, Latinos and other non-Americans. Caucasian patients, even when their age and pre-existing medical conditions are taken into account, HINA reports.