As the pandemic broke, every single sneeze and cough leaves you thinking, what if you have coronavirus. However, there is always a person to calm you by saying, “Do not worry! It is just flu or seasonal allergy.”
And you start thinking, what is the real difference between coronavirus, influenza, and allergy? It is crucial to know the difference as it helps you in two ways. First, it keeps you to stay tension-free, and second, it reminds you to take required preventions.
- Novel coronavirus, the flu, and allergies are often confused for each other. But according to experts, these three have entirely different symptoms.
- COVID symptoms vary from person to person.
- The main difference between coronavirus and any other flu or allergy is shortness of breath.
- Flu and COVID-19 have quite similar symptoms except for the shortness of breath. And when it comes to allergies and corona, it is itchy eyes that differentiate them. Itchy eyes are a symptom of allergy coronavirus patients never have them.
COVID-19: Meaning & Threats
COVID-19 is a viral disease caused by a newly discovered virus. The official name of the virus is SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome). The first case of COVID was reported in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019. But it is popularly known as the corona. The name corona came from the shape of the virus that resembles to crown.
It is a contagious disease and spread from the air through sneezing. It took the shape of a pandemic because the virologists were unaware of this new viral strain.
The disease symptoms go from mild to chronic. General symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle ache, loss of smell, and taste. Moreover, the absence of any specialized medication and vaccine increased the severity of the disease. In addition to that, the virus mutated quickly that made studying it even more difficult.
As the virus got identified, many researchers redirected their focus to this novel virus and the disease caused by it. Those working with the gene-editing services were no exception. These people soon took charge at the frontlines in the worldwide war against the novel coronavirus. With the technology-based upon a naturally occurring bacterial gene-editing system that plays a crucial role in the prokaryotic defense against viral infection, the CRISPR—Cas system is designed to fight viruses. However, the biggest challenge faced by researchers is how they can use this technology to defeat coronavirus.
Sneezing = COVID: Is it true?
Congested nose, cough, fever, fatigue are combined symptoms of the coronavirus. But it does not mean that if you have any of the symptoms, you necessarily have coronavirus infection.
According to the World Health Organization, the most common symptom of COVID is a dry cough. However, the symptoms vary for every case. According to a report from China, for more than 1000 patients, only 5% had a stuffy nose. The latest symptoms including lack of senses such as smell and taste were also reported in some patients.
Hence, it does not mean that if a person is sneezing or coughing, he or she will have a COVID infection. Some people are infected and do not develop any symptoms.
Thus, some people even after getting infected, don’t show any symptoms. These people can still transmit the virus to the people around them.
Novel coronavirus spread at unbelievable speed. In just days it covered the entire globe. It was the first time in history that the entire human race was confined to their homes. The absence of medical treatment for the disease made the condition more severe than the disease.
Till January 2021, we are not sure about the treatment of this deadly disease. Various countries have started vaccine trials. But the conditions are still unpredictable.
Preventions to take in COVID-19:
- Hands are the most common way to transfer coronavirus or any other infectious disease. Hence, it is necessary to maintain hand hygiene. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or sanitize them with an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Studies prove that sneezing and coughing spread infection up to the diameter of six-feets. So, we can reduce the chances of infection by maintaining a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- You should always wear a mask in public places. Wearing a mask considerably reduces the chance of getting any infection.
- The eyes, nose, and mouth are the entrance to our body. So, avoid as much as possible to touch any of these.
- Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue while sneezing or coughing. If you do not have one, cover your face with your bent elbow. In this way, you will prevent the infection from spreading, and your hands will also remain clean.
- Do not go out if you feel unwell.