Corona Virus Infection Symptoms Like Influenza – News about the corona virus outbreak or COVID-19 disturbs various parties. Especially after being identified 117 corona patients who have been treated in Indonesia.
Corona virus infection that attacks the respiratory tract is very similar to influenza symptoms. The question is how to distinguish influenza from COVID-19?
Both influenza and COVID-19 are caused by viruses that attack the respiratory tract, but come from different groups. The cause of influenza in humans is caused by influenza viruses A and B, while COVID-19 is caused by the corona virus.
Viewed from the symptoms, the two are very similar so it is very difficult to distinguish. Initial symptoms generally include fever, sneezing, coughing, and runny nose. In severe cases, influenza infection and COVID-19 can spread to the lower respiratory tract, causing symptoms of shortness and develop into pneumonia.
According to Dr. Marlyn Cecilia Malonda, Sp.A, both the COVID-19 virus and influenza, one of which can be identified from the symptoms of pneumonia suffered by sufferers. Although both have pneumonia, the two diseases can not be considered the same disease.
Pneumonia due to corona virus and influenza is similar but not the same. From the symptoms alone, we are rather difficult to distinguish because initially it was in the form of fever, sneezing, dry cough, as well as colds, explained the child specialist at Alam Sutera’s Kiddiecare Clinic.
Besides having similar symptoms, the transmission of both is similar. Both of these viruses can be transmitted between humans who are in close contact or through droplets spread by the patient when coughing or sneezing at a distance of 1-2 meters. In addition to human-to-human transmission, it is suspected that transmission can occur from objects to humans. For example, from objects that are often touched, such as door handles, elevator buttons, or light switches, said Marlyn. 99Bandar
According to Marlyn, as a preventive measure COVID-19 and influenza can be anticipated with some appropriate steps.
Among other things by practicing good and correct hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene. For example, wash your hands frequently with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, if coughing or sneezing should be covered with a mask or tissue, clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are often touched , He continued.
So far no vaccine has been found for the corona virus, in contrast to influenza which can be prevented by vaccination, although the administration of influenza vaccination or other vaccines for the respiratory system can protect against corona virus infections. This vaccination can increase the body’s defense system so that it is not easily infected with corona virus infection.
If you experience influeza, then the risk of other diseases, including COVID-19, is great because the airway’s immune system decreases due to influenza virus. So, influenza vaccine is very important. This was recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Indonesian Pediatrician Association and also the Immunization Task Force of the Indonesian Internal Medicine Specialist Association (PAPDI).