Influenza is commonly referred to as Flu. It is a viral airborne disease. Influenza attacks the respiratory system – nose, throat and lungs. The symptoms are usually self resolving for most patients, however there are fatal risks among young children and elderly individuals.
The progression may start suddenly and develop in a day. It starts as a common cold, running nose, sneezing and sore throat. Here below are some of the symptoms, which can be mild, moderate or severe:
You should seek immediate medical attention when experiencing any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, extreme vomiting, high fever and rash.
Currently there is an ongoing Coronavirus Disease outbreak (COVID-19), that started in China but has spread rapidly to other countries. Its initial presentation can be similar to the flu. The coronavirus affects the upper respiratory tract as well. In severe cases, the lower respiratory tract is affected too and patients develop a severe cough, high fever and difficulty in breathing. To prevent infection, basic protective measures should be observed: thorough and regular hand washing, covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing, avoiding contact with obviously sick people.
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There is no cure for the common cold. Symptomatic treatment will help your immune system to fight the virus. Here are the best practices to ease symptoms;