Although it is not entirely clear why this is so, we get sick more often in winter. Scientists suspect this may be due to the fact that when it is cold, the immune system slows down at least partially, if only because of more frequent vitamin D deficiencies. Another hypothesis is that we spend more and longer periods indoors, where it is easier to “catch”. some virus.
That’s why the peak of flu cases in Poland falls between January and March, then we also often catch a cold. This year, the coronavirus is joining this kit again, probably in the Omikron version.
Omicron, flu or cold? Can symptoms be recognized?
Unfortunately not. All these diseases are infections of the respiratory tract, they are characterized by a low-grade or feverish state, cough, headache, muscle aches. – Remember that it is not the case that the coronavirus gives a clear epidemic picture. That is, it can have very different symptoms, it is difficult to talk about a set of characteristic ailments. Symptoms cannot distinguish coronavirus infection from a severe cold or flu. It is a respiratory infection and the performance of the test determines what it is – explains Prof. Włodzimierz Gut, virologist.
Some people believe that unless they have lost their sense of smell or taste, they do not have COVID-19. This is not true. Already in the delta variant, this symptom was less frequent, and the Omicron probably manifests itself differently.
The first observations show that the course of Omikron infection is rather mild, but these data are not yet reliable. The most common symptoms are those of the common cold: low-grade fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and fatigue and weakness. This can cause sufferers to downplay the infection and spread the Omicron on.
Only the test can recognize the infection with precision, but there are symptoms that should immediately light the alarm lamp in your head. Because no matter which disease causes them, they are simply dangerous. These are:
- high fever;
- persistent dry cough;
- symptoms not improving after 4-5 days.
As Dr. Magda Wiśniewska, the head of the Szczecin temporary hospital explains – Patients at home wait too long for it to get over. After 10-14 days, they come to us with full-blown covid pneumonia.
The doctor explains that even a banal infection of the upper respiratory tract cannot be ignored, especially since the newest threat, (variant) Omikron, cultivates even more mimicry because it resembles typical viral and paravirus infections.
This is how the coronavirus is accelerating. The medics advise: do not underestimate the virus, do not delay in recognizing the infection and contacting a doctor
Do you feel like you have a fever? Cough? When to see a doctor?
Never underestimate an infection. If you feel worse, stay home first so you don’t spread the infection any further. Make an appointment for teleportation or finally go to the clinic. Your doctor will advise you on whether you need to go to the clinic in your condition.
When it is late, after 18.00 or it’s a weekend or holiday, you can contact the nearest night and holiday health care facility (NISOZ) or use the Telephone Platform of First Contact. By calling the toll-free number 800 137 200 or by filling in the form on the Internet, you will get not only advice, but also a possible referral to COVID-19.
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