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COVID vs Common Cold vs Flu - Which one is it? (Doctor Explains)

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  • COVID vs Common Cold vs Flu - Which one is it?

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    COVID vs. Common Cold vs. Flu - Which one is it?

    Every fall and winter - coughing, sneezing, and sniffling, and the like.
    Is it the common cold?
    Is it the Flu? or
    It is COVID?

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    All 3 of these have overlapping symptoms. And COVID cases are already starting to increase in the US with the cold weather, which is just the beginning of the 2nd surge that everyone is talking about. COVID, flu, and common colds are all caused by viruses.

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    These tiny infectious agents can survive only by getting inside the cells of animals or humans. There are more than 200 different viruses that can cause the common cold. The most common viruses that cause common colds are rhinoviruses and different types of covid viruses. For example, COVID is caused by a specific type of covid called SARS-CoV-2. The specific virus that causes infection and how your body’s immune system responds to the virus determines the symptoms and severity of illness.

    The main way that these viruses spread from person to person are through the tiny droplets that sick people propel when they cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can fly six feet or more in the air, and they can spread the virus if they deposit on someone’s mouth or nose or they get inhaled into a person’s lungs. The novel covid, meaning SARS-CoV-2, is aerosolized and can travel up to 27 feet in aerosolized form. That is something I talk more about in a separate video Colborne transmission. With COVID, an infected person doesn’t need to show symptoms to spread the virus.

    About 40% of viral transmission happens before infected people show symptoms. After people are infected, if they develop symptoms, it can be for several days or their illness duration. And about 1/3rd of people with COVID never develop symptoms. You're contagious with the common cold the entire time you have symptoms, but you’re most contagious right after you catch the infection before you have symptoms. You’re most contagious with the flu from the day before your symptoms start until about the fifth day of symptoms.

    It’s important to stay home with any of these illnesses when you or your child is most infectious. Viruses also spread through physical contacts like kissing or shaking hands, or when a person touches a surface (like a desk or doorknob) that has accumulated droplets from a sick person and then touches their own eyes, mouth, or nose. Viruses can live on surfaces for hours to days, although how long they remain intact and infectious depends on the virus, the surface, and the environment.

    COVID is a real wild card here. There can be no symptoms, or it can be similar to the common cold. Or it can be similar to the flu. But it can also cause loss of smell, so that is somewhat of a unique symptom. And it becomes concerning when people develop shortness of breath, which is a result of pneumonia developing. So although both flu and COVID can cause pneumonia, COVID is more likely to do so.

    With COVID, it can take anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure to the virus for symptoms to appear. On average, it's 5 days. And that is if people do develop symptoms. Another unique aspect of COVID is that symptoms can start out mild or even improve temporarily and worsen. Some people continue to have fatigue and other symptoms for months after their infection, the so-called “long haulers.”

    Why do some people get so sick with COVID? With COVID, the death rate ranges from 10% to 27% in people ages 85 and older but is less than 1% in those ages 54 and younger. One reason for this disparity may be differences in the aging immune system.

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  • Is It A Cold, Or Flu, Or COVID? How To Tell The Difference

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    If your head is stuffy or your throat is sore, how can you tell whether you have a cold or flu or COVID? It’s a question many are asking with the arrival of flu season. NBC News senior medical correspondent Dr. John Torres joins TODAY to break it all down. “If you start getting sick, essentially you have to assume it’s COVID unless proven otherwise,” he says.

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  • Flu and COVID-19: Similarities and Differences

    4:37

    The 2020–2021 #flu season has merged with the #COVID19 pandemic. The illnesses are caused by separate viruses, but there are some similarities as well as differences. Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention for the Johns Hopkins Health System and infectious diseases physician at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, discusses the viruses as well as how you can prevent both, including the importance of getting a #flu vaccine.
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  • You suddenly have a cough. Do you have omicron, a cold or the flu?

    2:19

    With the rise of omicron cases nationwide, many want to know how to tell the difference between symptoms of COVID-19 and that of a common cold or flu.

    “As we know, this virus is highly, highly contagious – much more than the previous variants,” said Dr. Hai Shao, infectious disease physician with Sharp Chula Vista.

    He mentioned that omicron symptoms are similar to previous COVID variants.

    “They include fever, chills, headache, sore throat, and as it progresses, people will start having cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing,” said Dr. Shao.

    He pointed out that while many symptoms are similar between COVID-19 and a common cold or flu, there are certain symptoms exclusive to COVID.

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  • How to tell the difference between flu, common cold and COVID-19 | ABC7 Chicago

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    Coronavirus symptoms vs a cold: Testing helps differentiate between COVID and flu similarities, like a sore throat, as the omicron variant spreads. Full story:

  • Cold, flu or COVID-19? Tampa Bay doctors weigh in on symptoms, testing for these illnesses

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    Tampa Bay area doctors are shedding light on the similarities and differences of symptoms for a cold, the flu, and COVID-19 and share what you should do if you’re sick.

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  • How To Tell If You Have A Cold, The Flu Or Coronavirus | TODAY

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    If you’re feeling under the weather, how do you know if you have coronavirus, the flu or just the common cold? NBC senior medical correspondent Dr. John Torres helps to decipher the symptoms as flu season begins.» Subscribe to TODAY:
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  • How to spot the difference between COVID-19 and common cold l GMA

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    ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton weighs in on how to stay healthy.

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  • Is it COVID, a cold or the flu? Here are a few easy ways to tell | ABC7

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    Are you having trouble differentiating COVID-19, the common cold and the flu? Dr. Daisy Dodd with Kaiser Permanente explains a few easy ways to tell. More:

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  • Omicron, half of common colds

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    Half of people in the UK with a common cold have a covid cold
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    ONS, 13th December 2021 to 19th December 2021


    England

    Percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), 2.83%

    1,544,600 people in England had COVID-19

    One in 35 people

    London 1 in 20 people had COVID-19

    Wales, One in 45

    Northern Ireland, one in 40

    Scotland, one 65 people

    SA data



    SA hospital data



    UK data





    Tim Spector



    Omicron, similar cold type symptoms to delta in the first few days

    Omicron cases have less anosmia

    Fever is less common

    Having 5 or more symptoms less common with omicron than delta

    More breakthrough infections with delta, after 2 or 3 doses of vaccine

    Common colds less transmissible than omicron just now

    One in two chance common cold symptoms will test positive for covid

    Therefore, test for colds

    Avoid people who have a cold

    Pings are now too slow to be effective

    Omicron onset, 2 days rather than 5 for delta

    Omicron will run its course faster, all over in 4 or 5 days

    Infection risk after 8 days in negligible

    IOM, back to work when symptoms resolve and 2 lateral flow tests

    From 17,000 omicron cases









    Runny nose

    Headache

    Fatigue (either mild or severe)

    Sneezing

    Sore throat

    (NHS test and trace is not telling users of their Omicron status anymore)

  • Omicron, Common cold symptoms

    19:19

    the medical people I interact with at the hospital are far more optimistic than I've seen them since this all began in April last year



    Nobody want's to tempt fate or speak to loudly just yet ,,,its like walking on egg shells at the moment –

    But there are open beds and they're not filling up just yet - in fact there are 2 more beds now than last weekend.

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    Claire

    Dr. Anthony Fauci


    When you have a larger number of people getting infected, the total amount of hospitalizations is going to be more. That's just simple math





    Omicron and cold-like symptoms rapidly taking over in London



    Data up to 11th December 2021



    In people with at least two doses in the UK

    Currently 27,000 new daily symptomatic cases

    An increase of 6% from 25,411 new daily cases last week

    London is currently seeing a rapid rise in positive cases

    Driven by omicron

    Prevalence in the UK

    One in 57 currently have symptomatic COVID

    ZOE’s predicted Long COVID incidence rate

    1,418 people a day will go on to experience symptoms for longer than 12 weeks

    Omicron symptoms

    Initial analysis of symptom data from positive cases in London

    To compare Delta and Omicron symptoms

    London data was selected from a week in October

    With the most recent week ending 10th December

    This initial analysis found no clear differences in the early symptoms (3 days after test) between Delta and Omicron.

    The top five symptoms reported in the ZOE app

    runny nose

    headache

    fatigue (either mild or severe)

    sneezing

    sore throat

    SA Patients presentations

    Blocked or runny nose

    Headache

    Tiredness

    Scratchy or sore throat

    Body aches


    NHS official symptoms



    The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

    a high temperature

    a new, continuous cough

    a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

    Professor Tim Spector

    Omicron is set to be the dominant strain in the UK by Christmas,

    and in the New Year cases could hit a peak higher than anything we’ve ever seen before.

    Hopefully people now recognise the cold-like symptoms which appear to be the predominant feature of Omicron.

    Ahead of Christmas, if people want to get together and keep vulnerable family members safe,

    I’d recommend limiting social contact in the run up to Christmas,

    and doing a few Lateral Flow Tests just before the big family gathering.

  • Is it a cold, flu or COVID-19?

    1:47

    Dr. Eric Wasserman, Chairman and Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey shares some ways to tell the difference between a cold, the flu and #COVID-19. They’re all viral and they share some symptoms.

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  • COVID-19 symptoms: Is it a cold, flu or coronavirus?

    1:54

    Colds, flu and Covid-19 are caused by different viruses, but can have similar symptoms.

    Most people who feel ill with coronavirus will have at least one of the key symptoms:
    1- a high temperature
    2- a new, continuous cough
    3- a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste

    So what do you need to know about other things you may catch in the coming months?

    Check out the video above to know how to know if you have coronavirus, cold or flu symptoms.

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  • The common cold vs. the omicron COVID variant

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    The common cold shares the same top symptoms as the omicron variant. How can you tell the difference?

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  • Infectious Diseases: Common cold or the flu?

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    Influenza and the common cold are respiratory illnesses caused by viruses. Symptoms may be so similar they may be tell the difference at first. There are over 100 different types of rhinovirus, which is what makes the common cold so common, says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic. The symptoms that we see with common cold tend to be runny nose, cough, some people may have a mild fever.

    “Influenza is a specific type of infection caused by a specific virus. That’s usually influenza A or influenza B virus. The cold, on the other hand, is caused by hundreds of different types of viruses. The main difference that you would notice is that influenza tends to cause what we call more systemic symptoms. You are more likely to have fever, body aches and pains than you are with the cold, which tends to be usually just runny nose, sore throat, and possibly some cough, says Dr. Rajapakse.


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  • How Can I Tell the Difference Between COVID and a Cold?

    1:17

    Both COVID-19 and cold/flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms.
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  • How to tell the difference between a cold, a flu and COVID

    3:04

    Are you sitting at home feeling unwell and uncertain of what infection you may have? Don’t know if it’s a cold, a flu or COVID? To help alleviate these concerns, Breanna Marcelo spoke to an expert to get some answers.

  • Allergies or COVID 19? Doctor explains how to tell the difference.

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    Runny nose? Sneezing? Coughing? Is it allergies or is it COVID-19? Do I have to self-isolate? Dr. Yvette Lu looks at how to tell the difference between seasonal allergy and COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) symptoms. She also discusses how seasonal allergies can look different in children and how to manage seasonal allergy symptoms including both lifestyle (non-pharmacologic) and pharmacologic measures like antihistamines.

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  • How To Tell The Difference Between A Cold, RSV And Covid

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  • Common Cold or Flu vs COVID-19 | Dr. Sujoy Chakravarty

    5:04

    We need to understand the terms, Common Cold or Flu and Coronavirus (COVID-19), especially in such a trying time. Common flu and coronavirus both are viruses. In both cases, symptoms are almost the same. Coronavirus affects the respiratory system and can lead to Pneumonia in any case. COVID-19 is more likely to spread quickly as compared to the normal flu. It is important to that Coronavirus has asymptomatic carriers.

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  • Turning COVID Into The Common Cold | A Doctor Explains

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    There's a good chance this pandemic can be transformed into an endemic common cold, safely and relatively quickly. Here's some good-news science about natural infection, vaccines, boosters, and more.

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  • Delta COVID-19 variant symptoms similar to common cold, flu

    1:49

    The highly contagious Delta COVID-19 variant is one of the fastest spreading variants, but could also prove to be one of more elusive to diagnose, doctors say.

    That's because the Delta symptoms do not follow the most common COVID-19 symptoms.

    Dr. David Priest, an infectious disease specialist with Novant Health, said while the loss of taste and smell was the most telltale sign of the coronavirus throughout the pandemic, many getting sick with Delta present with more vague symptoms, like a runny nose or sore throat.

    Diagnosis is more difficult now with symptoms overlapping with another respiratory virus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which is spiking, and it could get even more complicated in the fall when cold and flu also join the mix more prevalently.

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  • Cold Vs COVID-19 Vs Flu Vs Allergy: Know Your Symptoms

    1:45

    A cough which could have been easily ignored a few months ago, can now induce a certain sense of dread as it can be a symptom of COVID-19. But this symptom doesn't necessarily mean that you have the disease. Here's how you can differentiate between the symptoms of COVID-19, the common cold, the flu and seasonal allergies. #coronavirussymptoms #covid19 #coronavirus #netmeds #netmedsvideos

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  • Common cold || Rhinitis & Rhinovirus || symptoms,treatment and recovery

    7:43

    In contrast to the flu, a common cold can be caused by many different types of viruses. The condition is generally harmless and symptoms usually resolve within two weeks.
    Symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing and congestion. High fever or severe symptoms are reasons to see a doctor, especially in children.
    Most people recover on their own within two weeks. Over-the-counter products and home remedies can help control symptoms.

  • COVID-19 and the flu: Local doctor explains what everyone should know

    1:03

    Dr. James Kravec of Mercy Health Youngstown explains what people should know about flu season and the pandemic happening at the same time and the importance of getting a flu vaccination.

  • Omicron is a seasonal cold virus, govts reaction to it is more harmful claims US-based Doctor

    2:05

    At a time when the world is battling the pandemic a US-based cardiologist termed the latest variant Omicron as nothing more than a seasonal cold virus. In a bid to reduce panic and misinformation that has been circulating around the Omicron variant, the cardiologist has further warned against overreaction and overreach by the government agencies around the world.

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  • Omicron, symptom changes

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    Omicron, clinical picture (7th December)

    Dr Angelique Coetzee, South African Medical Association

    First to raise alarm about the new omicron



    Totally different symptoms

    Can be easily missed

    Body aches and pains

    Muscle pains

    Headache

    Tiredness (1 to 2 days)

    Slight sore throat

    No severe cough

    No runny nose

    Decrease in patients coming to doctors

    South Africa vaccines

    Pfizer

    J and J

    Hospitalizations, 99% unvaccinated

    Symptoms more intense in unvaccinated

    More intense but not severe

    Body aches and pains

    Muscle pains

    Headache

    Lateral flow testing and Omicron

    Becomes positive after 24 hours up to 5 days

    Very accurate

    Omicron prevalence in SA



    Ref for graphics (3rd December data)



    SGTF has increased from 0.9% in October to 96.3% for November.

    Children under the age of 12 years accounted for 7.9% of the SGTF positives,

    and those 13 – 18 years old for 6.1%.

    For week 47,

    Hospital data from SA



    Live data, hospital patients who have tested positive



    Omicron and common cold



    Omicron has insertion mutation ins214EPE

    (From the common cold, HCoV-229E coronavirus)

    Could have been acquired by switching

    Involving the genomes of other viruses that infect the same host cells as SARS-CoV-2

    It is plausible that the Omicron insertion
    could have evolved in a co-infected individual

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    Preliminary laboratory studies demonstrate that three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine neutralize the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529 lineage),

    while two doses show significantly reduced neutralization titers

    Data indicate that a third dose of BNT162b2 increases the neutralizing antibody titers by 25-fold compared to two doses against the Omicron variant;

    titers after the booster dose are comparable to titers observed after two doses against the wild-type virus which are associated with high levels of protection

    As 80% of epitopes in the spike protein recognized by CD8+ T cells are not affected by the mutations in the Omicron variant, two doses may still induce protection against severe disease

    The companies continue to advance the development of a variant-specific vaccine for Omicron and expect to have it available by March

    in the event that an adaption is needed to further increase the level and duration of protection – with no change expected to the companies’ four billion dose capacity for 2022

  • Omicron symptoms totally different from Delta COVID-19 variant: South African doctor

    6:23

    As more research is done into the newly discovered Omicron COVID-19 variant, some evidence is emerging to suggest that it might not present the same way as other strains of the disease.

    Patients infected with the Omicron COVID-19 variant look very different than those infected with previous variants like Delta, says the chair of South Africa’s medical association.

    “It’s totally different from the Delta,” Dr. Angelique Coetzee told Global News Morning on Tuesday.

    She said that these patients aren’t displaying the same loss of taste and smell, need for supplemental oxygen or elevated pulse rate that doctors noted with Delta patients.

    “It’s very much like a cold or flu type of symptoms,” she said, adding that patients are reporting headaches and body aches, and a slight sore throat.

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  • BCs top doctor signals shift in COVID-19 strategy, says contact tracing no longer useful | FULL

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    Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry indicated a significant shift in B.C.'s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday, saying everyone should assume they've been a close contact and that contact-tracing is no longer effective.

    Because of the Omicron variant, Henry said the province is treating COVID more like the common cold.

    We cannot limit all risk. It is part of what we will be living with. We can use all the layers of protection, she said, such as following public health guidance, getting vaccinated, washing hands, wearing good quality masks indoors, keeping groups small and using the vaccine card program to manage risks.

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  • Is It a Cold Or Covid? Dr Philippa Explains Why The Symptoms Feel So Severe | This Morning

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    As the annual sniffles and coughs start to set in for the winter, already people appear to be suffering more than usual. With a nasty and devastating cold that continues to sweep across the UK, leaving countless Brits bedbound, England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer has warned influenza is a significant public health concern this winter. We’re joined by Dr Philippa to explain why the symptoms feel so severe, how to differentiate the cold from Covid and to reveal methods of coping if you are suffering.
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  • What are the early symptoms of Omicron variant of COVID-19? Heres what one doctor has seen

    4:19

    Dr. David Winter at Baylor, Scott & White in Dallas said some early symptoms of Omicron variant are different than other variants of COVID-19.

    The ultra-contagious omicron mutant is pushing cases to all-time highs and causing chaos as an exhausted world struggles, again, to stem the spread. But this time, we're not starting from scratch.

    Vaccines offer strong protection from serious illness, even if they don't always prevent a mild infection. Omicron doesn't appear to be as deadly as some earlier variants. And those who survive it will have some refreshed protection against other forms of the virus that still are circulating — and maybe the next mutant to emerge, too.

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  • COVID or a cold - How to interpret your kids symptoms

    2:39

    As children return to classrooms this month, pediatricians said the symptoms of a common cold, allergies, flu or COVID-19 often overlap, making testing for the coronavirus important for parents to consider if their child gets sick.

    Doctors said more children are getting infected with COVID-19, and they said those symptoms often look like other common illnesses. They recommend calling a pediatrician if they get sick this fall to see if they need a COVID test.

    A major thing to watch out for is a fever, especially if it’s over 100.4 degrees. Doctors said parents should also watch for other symptoms, like loss of taste or smell or a lot of coughing. If the child does not have a pediatrician to schedule a test, doctors say parents can turn to local county health departments to find a place.

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  • Flu, Pneumonia & COVID-19: Do you know the symptoms?

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    All three are respiratory diseases. There are both similarities and differences in symptoms among the three. For more information visit

  • Omicron presents only mild symptoms for now: Doctor who first spotted the Covid variant

    7:17

    Dr. Angelique Coetzee, a Private Practitioner and Chair of the South African Medical Association, joins Worldwide Exchange to discuss the omicron Covid variant, after being one of the first doctors to spot the symptoms. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

    Covid symptoms linked to the new omicron variant have been described as “extremely mild” by the South African doctor who first raised the alarm over the new strain.

    Dr. Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, told the BBC on Sunday that she started to see patients around Nov.18 presenting with “unusual symptoms” that differed slightly from those associated with the delta variant, which is the most virulent strain of the virus to date and globally dominant.

    “It actually started with a male patient who’s around the age of 33 ... and he said to me that he’s just [been] extremely tired for the past few days and he’s got these body aches and pains with a bit of a headache,” she told the BBC.

    The patient didn’t have a sore throat, she said, but more of a “scratchy throat” but no cough or loss of taste or smell — symptoms that have been associated with previous strains of the coronavirus.

    Coetzee said she tested the male patient for Covid, and he was positive, as was his family, and then said she saw more patients that day presenting with the same kinds of symptoms that differed from the delta variant.

    This prompted her to raise the alarm with South Africa’s vaccine advisory committee, of which she is a member.

    Other patients Coetzee had seen so far with the omicron variant had also experienced what she described as “extremely mild” symptoms, and she added that her colleagues had noted similar cases.

    “What we are seeing clinically in South Africa — and remember I’m at the epicenter of this where I’m practicing — is extremely mild, for us [these are] mild cases. We haven’t admitted anyone, I’ve spoken to other colleagues of mine and they give the same picture.”

    Investigations ongoing

    The WHO has said it will take weeks to understand how the variant may affect diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.

    Coetzee’s initial observations are only based on a very small number of cases and experts are worried about omicron’s large number of mutations. Preliminary evidence suggests the strain has an increased risk of reinfection, according to the WHO.

    Early data suggests that the variant is spreading in South Africa more rapidly than previous strains did and that the variant, known formally as B.1.1.529, could be starting to trigger a new wave of infections, according to analysis by the Financial Times.

    It could take a while to fully understand what specific symptoms, if any, are attributable to the new omicron variant on a wider scale.

    Covid symptoms have changed since the virus first emerged in China in late 2019. The “alpha” and “delta” variants, first discovered in the U.K. and India, respectively, were seen to cause different symptoms, for example, with the latter causing more headaches, sore throat, runny nose and fever.

    The U.S. CDC has highlighted the variety of Covid symptoms that have been reported, noting “anyone can have mild to severe symptoms” that may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

    On the list of symptoms from the CDC are fever or chills, a cough, fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.

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  • Symptoms of omicron coronavirus variant tend to be mild so far, South African doctor says

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  • How to tell the difference between the flu and the coronavirus

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    In the midst of the virus scare,... many people with flu-like symptoms might wonder, is it a cold, the flu or the coronavirus?
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    The incubation period for viruses that cause the ordinary flu is about two days.
    But the novel coronavirus can stay hidden in the body for up to fourteen days.
    And while both the flu and the coronavirus have similar symptoms including a fever, headache, cough and muscle pain, those symptoms usually occur all at once if you have the flu,...whereas patients with the coronavirus experience various symptoms over a longer period.
    In many cases of the coronavirus, the early symptoms are less severe than the flu.
    So what are the most common symptoms of the novel coronavirus?
    According to British medical journal The Lancet,... 82 percent of a study of 99 patients in Wuhan had fever.
    The second most common symptom was a cough.
    And 31 patients experienced shortage of breath.
    Only five patients had sore throat and four had a runny nose.
    There are also fewer patients with a stomachache and diarrhoea than during the outbreaks of the Middle East respiratory syndrome, MERS, and the severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS.
    If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in South Korea,... you can find out the movements of the confirmed coronavirus patients on the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to see whether you could have been exposed to the virus. If so, call 1339 and follow the instructions or visit a state-designated medical institution to check for the coronavirus infection.
    Even if you find no contact with the virus but are feeling sick, it's better to take precautions and avoid going out.
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  • Doctor warns symptoms of COVID-19 Delta variant are similar to usual common cold | KVUE

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    It sometimes feels like the more we learn about coronavirus, the harder it is to discern it from other illnesses.

    Now, flu season is upon us now, which is sure to present perplexing questions: Does having a fever mean I have COVID? Is this stuffy nose the result of a cold, or could it be the flu? Or allergies?

    There are at least a dozen symptoms shared by some or all of those ailments, making it nearly impossible to know what you have without a diagnostic test, a medical exam or both.

    The good news is that, in many cases, you don’t need to know the cause in order to know what to do. The key is to watch for changes in your or family’s health and to respond promptly.

    To help, we’ve put together this side-by-side comparison of symptoms as a quick reference.

    CORONAVIRUS vs. COLD vs. FLU vs. ALLERGIES
    There are lots of similarities between illness from the coronavirus and the flu, but there are some differences that help doctors distinguish them.

    A key difference is the incubation period for the viruses -- that is, the time it takes to develop symptoms after exposure to it. The flu always strikes quickly, typically one to three days. Coronavirus, however, can take anywhere from two to 14 days. Which is why it’s important to isolate right away after being exposed so as not to unknowingly infect others.

    People usually recover from the flu in seven to 10 days, while it’s believed that it takes at least 10 days to recover from the coronavirus, especially those with severe cases, which can mean several weeks or even months of gradual recovery.

    The symptoms themselves are a bit more tricky to distinguish. Below is a list of 12 symptoms that are easily confused among coronavirus, the flu, the cold and allergies

    Fever: Coronavirus and flu both cause fever, but it’s rare for the common cold. COVID-19 patients usually have a fever of 100 F or higher, while flu sufferers often experience fever of 100F to 102F that lasts three to four days.

    Headache: COVID-19 patients sometimes have headaches. Flu sufferers often experience intense headaches. Headaches are rare with the cold, but sometimes caused by allergies.

    Extreme exhaustion: Patients with the coronavirus sometimes experience this intense form of fatigue, but it typically progresses slowly. Flu, on the other hand, often causes severe exhaustion as an early symptom.

    Body aches and pains: The flu virus often causes body aches that are severe. Aches are sometimes present with coronavirus, but not always.

    Fatigue and weakness: Very similar to body aches, fatigue and weakness are more common and usually more severe with the flu than with the coronavirus.

    Stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat: One or more of these are sometimes present with the flu, but they’re all rare for the coronavirus.

    Cough: Common to both flu and coronavirus.

    Shortness of breath: A serious symptom which occurs in severe cases of coronavirus, but rarely with the flu. Seek immediate medical attention immediately if you experience this life-threatening symptom.

    Diarrhea: Sometimes caused by both coronavirus and the flu.

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  • The Immune System, T-Cells, and Covid-19

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