How to identify different symptoms of flu and COVID-19 - WION
As influenza season approaches, some Americans, and especially parents, are worried that if they or their children should become ill, it may not be easy to know which disease they have — the flu or COVID-19.
As influenza season approaches, some Americans, and especially parents, are worried that if they or their children should become ill, it may not be easy to know which disease they have the flu or COVID-19. They are correct. Most symptoms of the two diseases are so similar that short of a test or two or three tests it wont be possible to know for sure. But there are some clues. (And it is possible to have both infections at the same time; some patients in China this year were found to have both.) But first: Get a flu shot It is not yet clear whether the United States will have much of a flu season this year. Flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere, which is often predictive of activity in the U.S., was 99% below normal during its winter. Epidemiologists believe that is because Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, Chileans and other residents of the southern half of the globe were wearing masks, staying several feet apart and washing their hands to prevent transmission of the coronavirus. Those same precautions also prevent flu transmission. Because there are very few flights between the Southern Hemisphere and the U.S. right now, there may be no opportunity for the usual four seasonal influenza strains to reseed themselves among Americans. If they do, masks and social distancing should limit their spread. Nonetheless, experts urge all Americans to get flu shots. Before it ended abruptly during lockdown, last years flu season was on track to be one of the worst in recent memory. The number of children who died was equal to that in the 2017-18 season, which was the worst since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began tracking flu-season deaths in 1976. If you catch the flu, experts say, having had the shot makes it much less likely that you will be hospitalized or die. Because of the fears of a twindemic, flu shots were made in large numbers this year and distributed to pharmacies and doctors offices beginning in August, which is early. As of late last month, some doctors reported difficulty ordering as many as they want, but pharmacy chains say they are getting steady supplies. To find a flu shot, try vaccinefinder.org or one of the chain pharmacy websites, such as CVS.com/immunizations/flu. Assessing the difference between a cold and the flu There are at least 100 viruses that can cause the common cold, but only four that cause seasonal flu. Many people who catch colds assume they have the flu, but experts consistently say the same thing about how to tell the difference: Flu makes you feel as if you were hit by a truck. The fever, aches and headaches of a bad case of influenza are generally worse than a case of respiratory syncytial virus, rhinovirus or other common cold viruses. Everyone knows the symptoms of the flu: fever, headaches, body aches, sore throat, runny nose, stuffed sinuses, coughing and sneezing and, for infants, ear infections. Some victims, especially children, get diarrhea or vomiting too. In severe cases, the most common complication is pneumonia. The typical signs of a flu pneumonia are shortness of breath, especially when you exert yourself, and unusually rapid breathing doctors typically look for that in children and sometimes pain in the chest or back. Identifying COVID-19 by its flulike and wacky symptoms. Knowing whether you have COVID-19 is much more complicated because there are so many different and sometimes pretty wacky symptoms, many of which echo those of the flu. The most common symptoms are high fever, sometimes with chills, a dry cough and fatigue. The one sign that really distinguishes the two infections is that many COVID-19 victims suddenly lose their sense of smell not because they have a stuffy nose but because they dont register even strong odors like onions or coffee. Not all virus victims get anosmia, the formal name for loss of smell, but one study found that 87% did. Less common symptoms include a sore throat, congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and feeling somewhat out of breath when exerting yourself. Some victims have red or itchy eyes, and some get redness or blisters on their fingers or toes so-called COVID toes, which resemble chilblains. More dangerous symptoms which mean you should get immediate medical attention include serious breathing difficulty; pain or pressure in the chest; blue lips or blue face; confusion or incoherent answers to simple questions; and collapsing or losing consciousness. Adding to the diseases fearsome nature is that it can cause blood clots that lead to heart damage, brain damage and lung damage. And even some cases that appear mild or asymptomatic create signs of what doctors believe may be long-lasting heart damage. Another unusual aspect of COVID is that people sometimes develop pneumonia without realizing how sick they are. Doctors are unsure why; one theory is that the air sacs in the lungs are damaged in a way that does not cause the buildup of carbon dioxide, which creates that desperate for air feeling. Many doctors recommend buying a pulse oximeter, a fingertip device that measures oxygen levels in the blood. Multiple readings below 92% should trigger a call to a doctor. The earlier pneumonia is caught, the better the outcome. Understand that COVID-19 symptoms in children are similar to those in adults Children generally get through COVID-19 with few problems; for the youngest ages, it is thought to be less dangerous than the flu. Children have the same constellation of symptoms that adults do, although parents may be more likely to notice it when their youngsters have runny noses, red eyes and the exhausted crankiness that comes from just feeling terrible. Dangerous symptoms include difficulty breathing, bluish lips, confusion or inability to wake up, and intense abdominal pains or inability to keep down any liquids. If there are any signs of these, it is important to get a child to a doctor or hospital quickly. In very rare cases, children can get multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which is thought to be caused by an overactive immune response and can cause shock and organ failure. But doctors emphasize that it is rare and that parents should realize it is highly unlikely their sick child has it. Expect potential difficulties with testing For COVID-19, symptoms can begin two to 14 days after exposure, but most begin five to seven days after it. However, as with diseases like measles, you can start spreading the virus two days before you begin to feel sick. So if you think you might have been exposed, it is very important to warn others and isolate yourself from them as soon as you can, especially if they are older or medically fragile. It is an axiom of general medicine that when one disease is sweeping through an area and a patient has its symptoms, it is usually safe to assume thats what the patient has and begin treating it, rather than waiting for test results. So unless both the flu and the coronavirus begin circulating heavily at the same time in your city, do not be surprised if your doctor does not recommend a test. And getting tested for the coronavirus can be tricky, especially with so many test delays. The PCR type is more accurate than 15-minute rapid antigen tests, but it can take hours or even days to return results, depending on whether it has to be sent away to a central lab. One positive test probably means you are infected, but one negative test should not be trusted; too many things can go wrong. Two negative PCR tests taken at least 24 hours apart are a better indication of whether you are infection-free. If your insurance company will pay for only one test, you might consider paying for the second one yourself for the peace of mind.
IPL 2020, RR vs CSK Live Score and Updates: Back-to-back wickets for CSK - WION
RR vs CSK Live Score and Updates: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of third match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 between Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. RR and CSK led by Steve Smith and MS Dhoni r…
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi
`Self belief and empowerment`: Delhi Capitals` skipper Shreyas Iyer ready for IPL 2020 - WION
Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer is ready to face Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday and is hoping to have a great run in this years Indian Premier League (IPL).
Delhi Capital's skipper Shreyas Iyer is ready to face Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday and is hoping to have a great run in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL). Also read: DC vs KXIP, IPL 2020 Live Streaming: When and where to watch Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab? In an interview with India Today, Shreyas Iyer said that he was excited when he got to know that this year's IPL was shifted to the UAE. He said: "We didn't know what was coming ahead. It as really excited when we came to know that IPL was being held in UAE. The cases here are less, we are in a bubble, the practice and everything is going on well and I am looking forward to the competition." According to Iyer, the 6-day quarantine was tough for him, but he still could train because of his 24 kg dumbbells and spacious hotel room. "I was going to my friends gym in Mumbai. I have got a lot of space in my room and I have my 24 KG dumbbell in my room and that helped me to workout. Returning to field was best feeling of my life. I had to see if I was in touch. I felt like I was in a super touch in the very first session. I never felt like I was awat from cricketm," Shreyas Iyer told in an exclusive interview to India Today. IN PICS| IPL 2020: Action in pictures as 'grand festival' of cricket starts in UAE As per Iyer, his good run in international cricket has helped him a much needed "self belief" and will prove beneficial in this year's IPL. He said: "The performance which you carry from international cricket gives you self belief and empowers you to play important role in team when you come to IPL. I have been working a lot on my temperament and that has helped me in being consistent. have worked on my fitness and diet. You need to pay attention on these small aspects. I think these things have helped me grow and mature as a player in term's of my decision making." Delhi Capitals will open its campaign versus the King XI Punjab on Sunday. The team is coached by former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting.
Adele surprises fans with her unrecognisable look, praises Beyonce`s `Black Is King` - WION
British singer-songwriter Adele has again surprised her fans with yet another picture showing off her weight loss. In her latest post on Instagram, Adele while showing her stunning transformation, praises fellow songstress Beyonce for her latest visual album,…
British singer-songwriter Adele has again surprised her fans with yet another picture showing off her weight loss. In her latest post on Instagram, Adele while showing her stunning transformation, praises fellow songstress Beyonce for her latest visual album, "Black Is King." She thanked her longterm idol Beyonce for making everyone feel loved with her art. In the post, the American singer can be seen sporting Marine Serre look like Beyonce. 'Black Is King' is the new initiative started by the American artist."Thank you, Queen, for always making us all feel so loved through your art [?][?]," Adele wrote as a caption. According to news agency, the 'Hello' songstress was first seen post-weight loss transformation at rapper Drake's birthday party last October. In January, Adele then attended a Christmas party, hung out on a beach in and most recently modelled her 2016 Chloe dress from Glastonbury, highlighting just how much she's lost -- reportedly 98 lbs -- over the last four years. The news agency reported that Pete Geracimo, a personal trainer who worked with Adele for four years between 2012 and 2016, called for less judgment of the mom-of-one on his Instagram page, addressing those who may have felt "betrayed" by her fitness goals. He wrote, "My hope is that people appreciate the hard work that Adele has done to improve herself for the benefit to her and her family only. She did not lose weight to make others feel bad about themselves."
COVID-19 vaccine: Oxford university`s phase one human trials shows encouraging trends - WION
Blood samples taken from a group of volunteers who were involved in the study showed the vaccine stimulated antibodies and killer T-cells
The much-awaited COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford has raised hopes after Phase one human trials showed some encouraging trends. Blood samples taken from a group of volunteers who were involved in the study showed the vaccine stimulated antibodies and "killer T-cells", the Daily Telegraph reported. Also read | 8 world leaders demand equal global access to coronavirus vaccine Previous research has suggested T-cells can last in the body for years and help combat the viruses. Also read | Indian pharma industry capable of producing COVID-19 vaccines for entire world: Bill Gates However, some experts also said only further trials could give a clear picture. "Virtually any vaccine inevitably does this," Danny Altmann, a professor of immunology at the Imperial College London, said, reported Guardian, referring to the generation of antibodies and T-cells. However, Dr Zania Stamataki, a senior lecturer in viral immunology at the University of Birmingham, said though the questions remains, the findings are a "very encouraging sign". Some scientists have declined to comment and are waiting for the full publishing of results of the study on medical journal Lancet on Monday. Also, experts said if the vaccine can generate immunity, the key would be to see for how long the immunity stands. Recent studies have suggested that patients who have COVID-19 antibodies after getting recovered from the disease saw a signifcant fall in the number of antibodies over the three-month period. US-based Moderna, producer of another leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate, said on Tuesday that it is all set to kick-off the final stage of human trials on July 27.