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Face masks, social distancing, restriction of mass gatherings and events, as well as hand washing helped keep certain respiratory viruses at bay, but with ongoing COVID vaccination in different countries and relief from lockdowns, pathogens they return to the scene and many people are catching colds like never before in the world, in what they call “the worst flu of my life”.
In fact, With the symptoms so similar between the flu and COVID-19, many people think it is a SARS-CoV-2 infection, but their tests are negative. Particularly in countries like England, where vaccination rates are high and prevention measures against COVID have been relaxed, many people on social media have reported what they call “the worst cold yet.” The cases have grown in such a way that doctors are already talking about this situation.
“In fact, we have seen an increase in the number of coughs, colds and viral infections,” explained the doctor. Philippa Kaye a la BBC. Kaye, with a practice in London, says that respiratory disease rates are practically those of a common winter even though it is the first part of autumn. “We are mixing in a way that we haven’t mixed in the last 18 months.He added.
Check that it is not COVID
Regardless of vaccination status and mainly because COVID variants such as Delta can cause different symptoms than the original strain, it is important to confirm that a cold is not actually COVID, particularly if closeness is maintained with vulnerable or unvaccinated people.
While the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a cough, fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius, and changes in smell or taste, the ZOE COVID Symptom Study, the world’s largest real-time study, notes that the following signs may be flu or COVID, so it is best to have a PCR test to rule out an infection that could endanger the lives of other people:
- Throat pain.
- Runny nose.
If you have flu symptoms and they seem particularly severe, it is best to take a COVID test and consult your doctor.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.