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Symptoms of the Novel Covid-19...
Does It Differ From Common Flu?

Over the course of history, there has been little to no event that has stressed health infrastructures, suspended governments, and crippled the Global Economy like we are witnessing today. At least not simultaneously and at such scale.

We are now in uncharted waters as the impact of Covid-19 has destroyed progress in the first quarter of 2020 and many historic events we should enjoy will not be easily remembered due to growing frustration, anxiety, and grief. This disastrous invisible enemy will be eternally in the books of history.

A break from the economic turmoil…

There is still no vaccination yet and it is worrying to many people that don’t know what their future holds. The best we can all do if infected is hope our immune system is healthy enough to fight. For some, that is not enough.

Unlike World War (1&2), where we could see our enemy, and the better-equipped opposing force wins; this is more like fighting a ghost that can neutralize your weapons and remove your ammo without you knowing. Nothing is scarier than fighting an unseen enemy. Since we are all in this together fighting one common enemy, you could title this: World War III.

Everyone - regardless of race, gender, age or status is fighting and they know that winning is a gamble. This is why we must be grateful for the medical practitioners on the front line helping us defeat this battle.

Staying informed can go a long way…

Knowledge of the Covid-19 symptoms, how they differ from the common flu, and the best approach to effectively treating yourself is priceless. That is the motive of this article. Get you caught up to speed.

If you are ready let’s dive in…

Symptoms of Covid-19 (explained)

Keep in mind, there have been cases of people with Covid-19 who did not show any symptoms. Some of the primary symptoms of the novel Covid-19 include:

  • Dry Cough
  • Fever
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Pneumonia
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty Breathing (severe case).

From the little information we have gathered, Covid-19 attacks and thrives in the respiratory system. Hence, if it gets into your digestive system it is powerless as the acid in the stomach will kill it. Whatever be the case, we should still avoid touching our faces and frequently wash hands.

As mentioned above, there are cases where people are just a carrier of the virus and they are not directly impacted with symptoms. One of the reasons being their immune system is strong enough to fight the virus and probably kill it or they may show no symptoms and still be contagious enough to easily transmit the virus. It’s expected you are in the clear when you go for 2-24 days without symptoms. The virus is still new and expected to mutate so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why some people become ill, while others just carry the virus-like a suitcase.

With that said…

How does Covid-19 differ from Common Flu (Influenza Virus)?

To better understand the differences, let's take a look at the similarities. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they are both respiratory diseases and are transmitted through contact with droplets or fomites. Hence, regular hygiene measures like washing hands, coughing into a tissue and disposing of might help. Anything we can do to reduce the spread will help us recover and rebound quicker. 

They share some differences…

Incubation period
Represents the timeline between infection and when actual symptoms show up. Influenza has an average incubation period of 2-3 days but with Covid-19 the period can be anywhere between 2-24 days. There is a significant time difference and if you experience symptoms after this long, chances are it already incapacitated the immune system. What this means is Influenza can spread faster than Covid-19.

The number of cases from one infected individual stands at an average of 2.5 with Covid-19 which is way higher than influenza. These are time-specific estimates and could change if a vaccine is discovered tomorrow. More and more information continues to come up so these numbers are expected to change.

Primary Targets
Covid-19 is fatal to aged people who most times have underlying medical conditions such as Hypertension or some immunity weakening condition. Children and young adults (0-19) stand a higher chance of surviving Covid-19 but the same is not the case with influenza. It has a history of attacking children, pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions.

Mortality Rates
The Novel Covid-19 takes the lead here as there have been more deaths recorded per capita compared to seasonal influenza. Mortality rates stand at 3-4% while for Influenza it is barely 0.1%.

How Can you Keep yourself safe within this period?

Nothing is more certain at this point than making sure you practice proper hygiene, social distancing, and boost your immunity health. Unfortunately, there is no measure of how strong your immunity is, but you can never pay too much attention to your immune system health. Here are some specific foods that should help:

  • Zinc
  • Probiotics
  • Elderberry
  • Chlorella
  • Ginger and Garlic
  • Vitamin C, D & E.

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Remember to stay hydrated, take less sugar-filled carbonated drinks, reduce your juice intake but keep up on the electrolytes which will help. Improve your dietary habits and do more indoor exercise to increase your cardio.

Doing all these might not be a miracle cure but we are very certain it will better prepare your body and immune system for the worst viruses out there.

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