What are the symptoms of a corona infection? How do you distinguish between COVID-19, the flu and the common cold? (Image: Michael Stifter / Stock.Adobe.com)
With the increase in the number of infections, many people who experience cold symptoms wonder if it could also be so-called corona symptoms. Today, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 8,685 new infections in Germany. This is an unusually high number, as many health authorities are not releasing any current figures this weekend. 14,714 new infections were there on Saturday. A record to date.
Anyone with cold symptoms like a cough, runny nose and sore throat wonders if it could be COVID-19. The so-called corona symptoms are not very specific. So here’s a preview.
A record number of new infections
Nearly 15,000 new infections nationwide within 24 hours on Saturday – the highest value that has been reported so far. However, the RKI admits that late registrations from individual health authorities can also be included. However, the growing number of infections shows that the virus is spreading rapidly.
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can cause different symptoms in everyone. Most of those affected have no symptoms, mild or moderate. However, some must be hospitalized, others must even be artificially ventilated.
Common corona symptoms
Fever, dry cough, fatigue
Less common corona symptoms
Body aches sore throat diarrhea conjunctivitis headache loss of taste or smell discoloration of fingers or toes or rash
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath Chest pain or pressure Loss of speech or movement
Complications with COVID-19
Various complications can arise with COVID-19. Coronavirus infection can lead to pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and inflammation of the heart, brain, or muscle tissue. According to the RKI, the risk of complications is higher in the elderly and in people with underlying illnesses. Unlike the flu, additional complications can arise. For example, blood clots and multisystem inflammation can occur. A coronavirus infection should therefore be taken very seriously.
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When does the risk of complications increase?
According to the RKI, the risk of severe disease aged 50 to 60 increases with age. The average age of the deceased is 82 years old. “More than 85 percent of the deaths were 70 years and older,” according to the RKI. Various pre-existing conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, chronic lung and liver disease, and some forms of immunosuppression increase the risk of severe disease progression regardless of age.
Contact a doctor if you suspect
Only a test can reliably differentiate whether it is a cold, flu, or COVID-19. Anyone who feels the symptoms described and may even have had so-called risky contacts with suspected cases or infected people should first contact the responsible health service or the family doctor by phone. A test is then launched. If there is also shortness of breath and a high fever, an emergency doctor should be called. (Sb)
Author and source information
This text conforms to the requirements of specialized medical literature, medical directives and current studies and has been verified by health professionals.
Robert Koch Institute: Information on the detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients with COVID-19 (accessed October 14, 2020), Robert Koch Institute
This article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.