Istanbul Rumeli University Faculty of Health Sciences Dr. Habibe Duman, a faculty member, reported that the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections started to increase with the cooling of the air and the opening of schools.
Duman, in a statement, said that every mother and father whose child has coughed, had a fever or had a sore throat in recent years is worried that the child has coronavirus. However, he said that there are several important points where we can distinguish coronavirus and upper respiratory tract infection diseases.
'' DISTINCTING INFLUENZA FROM COVID-19 IS HIGHLY DIFFICULT ''
Pointing out that it is very difficult to distinguish Covid-19 from influenza, Dr. Habibe Duman explained the difference between the two diseases as follows: `` Coronaviruses are common in the society, such as colds, self-limiting infection tables, causing more serious infections such as MERS and SARS. is a family of viruses. This virus, which is transmitted by droplets, is also transmitted by bringing their hands to the mouth, nose and eye mucosa after other people touch the droplets emitted by infected individuals through coughing and sneezing. With the cool weather in recent days, children who start school are also faced with frequent respiratory tract infections. This situation made it necessary to differentiate Covid-19 infection from other respiratory viruses that cause similar symptoms. Like influenza, Covid-19 infection is very difficult to differentiate, as fever, headache, pain, malaise and cough can be seen. Diarrhea, loss of smell or taste, and shortness of breath are frequently seen in Covid-19 infection. The presence of similar infection findings in other family members and the presence of diarrhea, loss of smell or taste accompanying respiratory system findings strengthens the risk of Covid-19 infection and requires further examination. ''
'' SEASONAL ALLERGIES ARE LIGHTWEIGHT ''
Stating that with the arrival of spring, the common cold and seasonal allergies also increase, Istanbul Rumeli University Faculty of Health Sciences Dr. Faculty Member Habibe Duman: “The complaints of these two illnesses are runny nose and sneezing. There are no complaints such as fever, loss of smell or taste, diarrhea in common cold and seasonal allergies. It has a mild course and responds quickly to symptomatic treatment. ''
'' ADDITIONS TO SYMPTOMS ARE MADE WITH HAPPY VIRUS ''
Dr. Habibe Duman, who said that with the rapid spread of the mutated virus, the US Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) also made new additions to the symptoms, concluded: `` Recently, with the spread of mutated viruses, there has been an increase in the number of Covid -19 cases. The U.S. Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) also makes new additions to symptoms, listing the most common symptoms among the most common symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, recurrent chills with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste and smell. Due to the data that some mutants spread faster, the importance of wearing double masks, distance, attention to hand hygiene, frequent and long-term ventilation of closed environments and social vaccination has been clearly seen. ''