Is My Sore Throat Covid 19 Related Or Just a Cold
The common cold can be caused by a variety of viruses, the most common of which is a family of viruses called rhinovirus. Cold symptoms often appear 2 to 3 days after a person comes into contact with the virus. A cold is normally harmless, and the body’s immune system can combat the virus on its own, though some symptoms, such as a sore throat, can endure a few days. Colds are very contagious among children. Because colds are caused by viruses, medical antibiotics and pharmacy services will not help you fight the infection.
What are symptoms of a cold?
A cold usually lasts a few days to a week. The following are the most common cold symptoms:
- A stuffy nose
- Throat irritation
- Congestion in the nose and sinuses
How can I tell if my sore throat is Covid and not just the cold?
Common colds and Coronavirus disease may share many symptoms. However there are a few distinct symptoms of Covid that are usually not present with a common cold. These include:
- Loss of smell (although not common in Delta variant)
- Loss of taste (although not common in Delta variant)
- Shortness of breath
What are the most common symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid 19?
The most common symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid -19 according to a recent CNBC report include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
Please not that these symptoms are different than the original Covid-19 symptoms and loss of smell and loss of taste are much less common symptoms of this variant.
When do I need to see a doctor?
Although the majority of common colds do not necessitate medical attention, there are some that do. If your cold symptoms have lasted more than a week or two, it may be time to consult a doctor. Additionally, if any of the following symptoms appear at any time, you should most likely seek emergency medical help right away:
- Being unable to catch one’s breath consistently
- Breathing difficulties that are severe.
- Fever of more than 101 degrees for an extended period of time
- Fainting or passing out
- Confusion or changes in mentation
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