Major COVID-19 symptoms to detect infection at an early stage

In the midst of winter, respiratory viruses are still a concern, including COVID-19. According to Dr. Thomas Holland, an associate professor of infectious diseases at Duke University School of Medicine, COVID cases have decreased in many areas compared to a month ago. Hospital admissions have also decreased from 35,000 a week to around 20,000 a week. While there has been an uptick in cases during the winter season, it is hoped that the situation will improve soon.

The early signs of a COVID infection can be similar to other upper respiratory tract infections, making it difficult to distinguish between COVID, the flu, or RSV without a COVID test. Symptoms such as headache, fatigue, sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, and fever can all be indicators of a COVID infection. If someone tests negative for COVID but still experiences symptoms, it is important to test again after a day or so.

Testing is still an effective way to determine if someone has COVID. It allows for appropriate treatment and helps identify eligibility for certain medications, particularly for high-risk individuals. Contrary to rumors, current COVID tests are capable of detecting the circulating COVID variants.

To avoid getting sick, it is crucial to get vaccinated and take additional precautions. Vaccination is important in preventing severe illness from COVID-19. Wearing masks in crowded public places, especially while traveling, can help reduce the risk of contracting respiratory viruses. If someone does become sick, it is essential to test, wear a mask, and isolate to protect others.

The strategies for staying healthy and dealing with a COVID infection have remained consistent since the beginning of the pandemic. Understanding the early signs of illness can aid in quicker recovery and maintaining the health of loved ones.


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