Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Have a cold, flu, and Covid-19 have similar symptoms. In the midst of the emergence of Covid-19 variants Omicron, know the difference between colds, flu, and Covid-19.
The trend of Covid-19 cases has recently increased again due to the spread of the Omicron variant, moreover, cases of local transmission or local transmission of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been found on Tuesday (28/12) yesterday.
Epidemiologist and former executive director of the Detroit Department of Health, Abdul El-Sayed, said evidence suggests that infection with this variant does not appear to be too severe for people who have been vaccinated.
However, that doesn’t mean you can take the Omicron variant of Covid-19 infection lightly.
Many Covid-19 infections may look like the common cold or flu. Here are the differences between colds, flu, and Covid-19 which tend to be similar.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both Covid-19 and the flu often cause symptoms such as fever, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, shortness of breath, and vomiting or diarrhea.
However, El-Sayed explained that the symptoms of Covid-19 can be distinguished from the headache and dry cough that often accompany it.
“The loss of taste and smell that have been the biggest warning signs of Covid-19 infection is still a possible symptom, although it is now rare. [pada varian Omicron] compared to other variants,” said El-Sayed, as quoted by Antara CNN.
“For people who have severe chest pain, especially with a dry cough that gets worse, that’s when you really need to seek medical attention,” he warns.
He went on to say that if you start to feel these symptoms, it’s a good idea to keep track of your recent activity history
“Is anyone in contact with me infected with Covid? It is also necessary to be isolated and undergo rapid tests,” he advised.
Even if you don’t feel any symptoms, it’s best to be careful if you’re around someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
“I think it’s necessary to harbor high suspicions that it could be Covid given that we have the Omicron variant spreading like wildfire,” El-Sayed added.
At this point, the doctor at Children’s National Hospital Sarah Ash Combs added that the best and safe way is to treat all flu symptoms and know the difference accurately with tests.
“In short can get the test [Covid-19], because I would say it’s really hard to tell the difference [flu biasa dan Covid-19] now,” said Combs.
When do you need a Covid-19 test?
El-Sayed recommends that when you feel symptoms, you can immediately do a Covid-19 test.
Meanwhile, according to the CDC, those who have been exposed but do not feel symptoms are advised to wait five days after exposure before testing and remain vigilant.
“Just because you get a negative test doesn’t mean it’s not Covid,” El-Sayed said.
“The best approach is to test and then maybe test again in 12 to 24 hours, and if you get two negatives you can be more sure that it’s not Covid,” he added.
(CNN / bait)