Virologist draws attention to possible new symptoms of the coronavirus
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A Bonn virologist believes that he has recognized new symptoms in people with Covid-19. In particular, an examined mother showed this clearly. The researcher doubts the effectiveness of rapid corona tests.
Dhe Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck has identified new symptoms of coronavirus infection, according to a report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
For this, Streeck examined people in the district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia, which is particularly affected by Covid-19.
According to this, almost a third of the patients reported a loss of smell and taste for several days. “It goes so far that a mother could not smell the full diaper of her child,” the scientist told the “FAZ”.
“Others could no longer smell their shampoo, and food began to taste bland.” When these symptoms appeared, he could not yet say exactly. “But we believe a little later in the infection.”
The researcher and his team had also found that a fifteen-minute rapid test by Berliner Pharmact AG with the standard test did not detect an infection in two thirds of the cases.
Covid-19, flu or cold?
Typical symptoms in humans are: dry cough, fever, but also shortness of breath. According to current information from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), corona patients in Germany also have these symptoms: Of 737 reported cases, 56 percent had a cough, 39 percent had a fever, and 1.6 percent had one lung infection been found.
A cold is rather not an alarm sign of a possible infection. Runny nose is common with a cold. Of the 737 corona cases evaluated at the RKI, 32 percent had a cold.
The following symptoms speak for flu: fever, fatigue, cough, body aches and a headache.
The best remedy for contagious respiratory diseases – whether flu, coronavirus or cold – is hygiene. Lots of hand washing, little handshaking, and caution when sneezing and coughing – best in the crook of the arm.
When do I need to see a doctor? Don’t overdo it. Emergency departments quickly reached their capacities. Those who are worried about being infected with the coronavirus should contact the family doctor or the local health department.
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