Corona, flu or just a cold? This is not so easy to distinguish at the beginning of autumn. These corona symptoms indicate an infection.
The nose runs, the head hums: Could Corona be, or just a cold? The symptoms of corona, flu (influenza) and a simple cold are so similar that sometimes only one thing brings clarity: a quick test. But with the Omikron variants, these no longer strike as reliably. And yet: The type and frequency of the symptoms indicate whether a corona infection is really the cause
Signs of omicron infection: Symptoms differ according to vaccination status
The broad-based, British “Zoe Covid Symptom” study shows: Not all symptoms are the same. Those who are not vaccinated suffer from completely different symptoms than those who have been boosted. In unvaccinated people, headache is the most common complaint, followed by sore throat, runny nose, fever and cough. Gimpften, on the other hand, most commonly have a runny nose, followed by headaches and sneezing. They usually don’t get a fever.
Flu, corona, cold: These are the differences
Flu, cold and corona have one thing in common: They are contagious respiratory diseases that are based on infection with a pathogen. But different viruses are responsible for the infection: rhinoviruses for the common cold, influenza viruses for the flu and corona viruses for COVID-19.
These are the corona symptoms
The best indicator of whether you have a cold or are infected with Corona is the Cough: This is less common with colds, but with Corona it is – especially a dry cough. The same applies to Fever and difficulty breathing. Wer Sniffles has can rule out the flu. It is a typical symptom of a cold or Corona.
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who one a cold has, sneezes often, has a sore throat, aching limbs and a stuffy nose. Symptoms get worse after two days and last about a week. There is no vaccination. Home remedies like rest, tea, honey, and heat will help.
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Die Flu is more severe: high fever, chills, severe headaches and a dry cough tie the sick down to bed. It can also take a good two weeks before you feel better. There is a vaccination, but it has to be renewed every year.
who is with Corona infected suffers from typical symptoms such as headaches, runny nose and sore throat with the lighter omicron variant. In vaccinated people, these symptoms last much shorter and are weaker. Initially typical symptoms such as loss of smell or shortness of breath hardly ever occur with the Omikron variants. Those who have been vaccinated are often of it after a few days.
In a nutshell, according to the Zoe Covid Symptom study, these are the most common omicron signs:
- Sore throat (58 percent)
- headache (40 percent)
- Stuffy nose (40 percent)
- Dry cough (40 percent)
- Sniffles (40 percent)
Alleviate corona symptoms: the best home remedies
There is no drug against Corona yet. But as with the classic cold, symptoms can be alleviated somewhat with home remedies. Most importantly: rest. Just stay in bed and recover and give the body the chance to use its energy to fight the virus. Drinking is also important because the body needs fluids. Hot drinks as well as sage and ginger tea also help against a sore throat. Sport should be slowed down after an infection and only increased slowly after 14 days.
Corona symptoms: What do I have to consider when visiting the doctor?
Corona, flu and colds are simply difficult to distinguish. Before visiting a doctor, you should inform the practice by phone. Then you can clarify symptoms by phone and find out how the visit to the doctor works safely. You can also call the medical on-call service on the nationwide telephone number 116 117.
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Signs of a corona infection: conclusion
So all this means: An infection cannot be clearly determined on the basis of the signs alone. But there are signs of the likelihood of infection. Ultimately, however, only a PCR test provides information.