At the first stage of the disease, the symptoms of the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus can be easily confused with the manifestations of the flu. In most cases, this is a fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, weakness, and in some cases a headache.
But there are two primary symptoms, having discovered which, we can safely assume that we are talking about a cold or flu, and not about a coronavirus: this is a runny nose and sore throat. These two symptoms are typical signs of an upper respiratory tract infection. Since the new pathogen affects mainly the lower respiratory tract, an infected person will generally have a dry cough, shortness of breath and/or pneumonia, but not a sore throat.
In many infected, the incubation period of the disease caused by the 2019-nCoV virus can last up to 14 days. Often it proceeds easily and asymptomatically. Topical coronavirus 2019-nCoV is transmitted mainly by airborne droplets, as well as by touching infected surfaces or an infected person. Therefore, medical masks cannot completely protect against coronavirus. First of all, you need to wash your hands more often with soap, use disposable paper towels and avoid direct contact with people who are supposedly infected with the coronavirus.
Even doctors can sometimes find it difficult to distinguish flu from a common cold based on symptoms. A cold usually begins with a sore throat and a runny nose, then a cough appears, which can be dry or with sputum. For several days a person has a sore throat, a stuffy nose, a slightly elevated temperature, he feels weakness and a headache. Among the measures recommended to protect against the virus are hand washing.
The medical mask is not always effective. Influenza, unlike the common cold, manifests itself suddenly and immediately – “in full”: among its characteristic signs are headache, aching joints, dry cough, pain and wheezing in the throat, the temperature rises to 41 degrees and is often accompanied by chills. The patient experiences general weakness and is put to sleep.