A influenza infection or Covid-19?

A influenza infection or Covid-19?

Many are unsettled in the current situation.  Is there a flu infection or the Corona virus behind a cold or elevated body temperature?  The symptoms are similar and are often hard to tell apart.

Rare symptoms: 

  • Pain in the limbs
  • A cold
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • discoloration of fingers or toes
  • Sometimes rash

Common symptoms: 

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue

Mild symptoms:  

  • Mild cold symptoms
  • Mild headache
  • Diarrhea

Severe symptoms: 

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Pressure or pain in the chest area
  • Loss of speech or movement

How is Covid-19 actually transmitted? 

  • Covid-19 is spread by a droplet infection,e.g. when coughing or speaking  
  • Infection can also occur via small droplets (aerosols) in the air
  • The pathogen SARS-CoV-2 multiplies in the throat and is also detectable in the normal  exhalation air 
  • According to virologists, SARS-CoV-2 may also multiply in the gastrointestinal tract
  • It’s easier to get infected with the virus in enclosed spaces than outdoors
  • Covid-19 sufferers are already contagious one to three days before the onset of symptoms


What tests are currently available for Corona Virus? 

The PCR test – PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction.  Here swab samples are taken from the throat and nose.  The laboratory then examines whether the sample material contains genetic material of the virus.  If that is the case, there is an infection.  

Since May 2020, there has also been the so-called throat method.  The affected person has to gurgle with a special solution for one minute.  The sample then provides information about whether the virus is present or not.  The PCR test shows whether a person is acutely infected.  However, there is always the possibility that the test is false negative or false positive.  False negative means that the test shows a negative result even though there is an infection.  One possible reason for this could be the timing of testing.  If only a few viruses have been formed, the smear may not detect them.  Nevertheless, PCR tests are a very reliable method.  

Like the PCR test, the antigen test shows only a snapshot.  However, the antigen test does not detect positive cases as well as the PCR test. However, the antigen test does not detect positive cases as well as the PCR test.  The antigen test is easy to use and delivers a result within a very short time.  A throat or nose swab is removed with a rod. The extracted material is dissolved in a small tube with a liquid in it, of which a few drops are dropped on a test cassette.  The result is available after about 15 minutes. 

What happens if the test result is positive? 

If the test is positive, it is reported to the health office.  They initiate immediate steps and coordinates the isolated accommodation (quarantine) and treatment. 

During quarantine, you should be careful to wear a mouth-nose protector and to keep your distance if you are not living alone, wash your hands regularly, and cough or sneeze in your arm.  If you don’t feel well, call your GP or TeleDoc doctor.  

People who live in a household with a positive test person, for example, are so-called Category I contact persons.  For these also, certain precautions and distance rules within the apartment apply. 

That’s how you protect yourself 

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Hand disinfection should be done when entering and leaving a hospital.  Even if you are in contact with pre-loaded or older people.
  • Avoid handshaking
  • Keep a distance of at least 2 meters and wear a mouth-nose protector
  • When using public toilets close the toilet lid before rinsing, as virusaerosol clouds may spread and be inhaled during rinsing

How can TeleDoc help me with Covid-19? 

Many people suffering from Covid-19 feel very worried and worried.  Some have longer symptoms and therefore worry a lot about them.  If you are in quarantine or have symptoms, you can talk to one of our TeleDoc doctors anytime, 24 hours a day, without leaving your home.

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