More about the symptoms of covid and new variants on Gazeta.pl
We already have such a thing that we often want to know better than a doctor and make a diagnosis on our own. It is not only a Polish sin. The same is happening in many European countries and in the world, therefore, when the pandemic worsens, restrictions apply, and covid passports are used not only for travelers, but also in everyday life – at work, restaurants, shops.
We are to have common sense above all, but it is not easy to obtain. “I certainly don’t have covid, it’s something else,” says many people who leave home despite obvious symptoms of infection. The problem is that there is no reason to treat your neighbors, people on the bus, the teacher, colleagues at work, the salesman “something else” …
Plain covid, delta variant, omicron (briefly called Nu), common cold, flu, RSV infection, bacterial infection – whatever has caught you currently, don’t give it away right and left. Stay at home. Don’t deliver. Calmly decide what is wrong with you and what to do next.
Do you dream about angina, enteritis or flu? Others also don’t want to get sick. Of course, it is in many cases better than covid, but there is still nothing good in infecting others, especially as for a sensitive person, even the common cold can be fatal.
Symptoms are variable
On your own, at home, you will not judge what is wrong with you. Especially in the first days of infection symptoms. The symptoms of covid do not differ much from those we know from other infections caused by viruses affecting the respiratory tract. Covid still doesn’t look the same. Its different variants and mutations may favor a slightly different course and symptoms. Their frequency, sequence, intensity and intensity of occurrence in a given age group change. For example: already during the second wave, the symptoms of the digestive system (vomiting, diarrhea) were intensified in the youngest infected, although there were hardly any of them before. Today, however, it is not so certain whether the perpetrator was actually SARS-CoV-2 or another virus. Initially, it was assumed that co-infections (simultaneous attack by two or more pathogenic microorganisms) were rare, and no further culprits were found after the first was detected.
After introducing more extensive diagnostics, it was confirmed that digestive system ailments are also possible in covida without co-infection. This is a fairly common symptom in younger people infected with the delta variant. Such were the observations of the CDC (the American agency in the Department of Health and Social Welfare, responsible for monitoring and combating diseases in the summer of 2021, when the variant intensely attacked Americans or British doctors, when it appeared in the UK. The phenomenon is also confirmed by Michał Domaszewski, a family doctor known on the Internet In fact, his younger patients, who are later confirmed to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, often complain of abdominal pain, the older ones rarely, but they more often than even in spring experience flu-like symptoms: muscle aches, headaches and runny nose.
In fact, during all the coronavirus waves, the following common symptoms persist:
The latter, moreover, lost its significance and flew out of the forefront of symptoms, although mainly among vaccinated patients. Unvaccinated, when they get sick, they still suffocate with power.
The strange career of an olfactory and taste disorder
“I do not have covid because I have not lost my sense of smell and taste” – it is difficult to say where the fashion for this irrational argument came from. At the beginning of the pandemic, there were practically no disturbances in the functioning of the senses in patients. After a few months, they were rare symptoms, although a lot has been said about them. For a while, in fact, a lot of people complained that they did not feel the smells and tastes, or that they had changed significantly (patients had a strange aftertaste in their mouths, the smell or taste did not match their previous experience, e.g. sugar seemed sour etc.). Recently, however, there are fewer such cases. Even back pain and muscle pain in general are more common.
It has never been the case, however, that a disturbance in the work of the senses should be treated as a kind of screening test for infection. Millions of people around the world have been infected, have symptoms of varying severity, some have lost the fight against COVID-19 without experiencing an impairment of smell and taste.
In addition to the three dominant ones, the symptoms of COVID-19 also include:
- sore throat and other discomfort in this area (e.g. scratching)
- unnatural fatigue
- runny nose
- covid fingers and other rashes
- muscle / bone pain
- Stuffed nose
- loss of appetite
- abdominal pain
- vomiting / diarrhea
This is not the end of the list. Covid hits various organs, sometimes causing damage or failure of functioning. It does not bypass the circulatory system or the kidneys, for example. Therefore, you have to take into account the symptoms typical of diseases of these organs. Interestingly, it happens that people who have passed the infection itself asymptomatically have complications, and those with clear symptoms. So you may not notice the infection itself, and fight covid fog (brain fog) for months.
Vaccinated and unvaccinated
As for the frequency of occurrence or severity, with different variants and mutations of COVID-19, the symptoms change places on the list. In general, however, the list itself is permanent. These are usually problems the world has already known about with other respiratory infections. Their multiplicity and intensity, however, often gives no chance for self-treatment and recovery.
Vaccination against COVID-19 does not ensure that we will not get sick. If it does become infected, then we may have the same symptoms as unvaccinated people, but their severity will certainly be different. The vast majority of those hospitalized, requiring a respirator, and finally deceased, are unvaccinated people. Of course, the risk that an elderly and sick person will not be able to produce adequate protection despite vaccination is greater. However, it is completely different than a year ago.
A covid and vaccinated senior does not scare the doctor anymore as it used to. His prognosis is good. I had a recently infected, 70-year-old patient with multiple medical burdens, but fully vaccinated. He was sick with covid for three days
– says Michał Domaszewski, and Jakub Grabski, a general practitioner, adds:
Hospitals are full of young people. Unfortunately, this is not surprising. It is the seniors who are better vaccinated, and the vaccines just work. It turns out that the decision to vaccinate is more important for prognosis than age or comorbidities.
So – if you do not have symptoms of an infection yet and are not vaccinated, make an appointment to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
In the case of a flu-like infection, consult a doctor (by phone or online) and determine what to do. It is important that you test for SARS-CoV-2 infection – if your symptoms worsen and you know the results, it will be easier for you to get proper professional care. As Wojciech Andrusiewicz, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, informed a few days ago, many deaths in Poland could have been avoided if patients had sought help beforehand. They often do it only when the symptoms are very severe and it may be too late to rescue them.
In recent days, over 25 percent. tests are positive. This means that the epidemic is out of control, no matter what symptoms you may be infected with, we don’t know how many Poles are sick and you don’t need to know someone who has covid to get sick.