October 4, 2022

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Covid-19 and influenza: diseases with symptoms that can be confused

Covid-19 and influenza: diseases with symptoms that can be confused

Department of Health in Lucas from Rio Verde Report that symptoms COVID-19 Influenza is very similar, especially in the initial stage, and populations can easily be confused. Among the most common are fever, sore throat, headache, cough and runny nose. In the most serious case, both viral diseases can develop into respiratory failure.

Therefore, the recommendation is that if symptoms appear, the person stays at home, and if he goes out, wears a mask, especially in this year-end period, when epidemics of various types of influenza viruses have already been confirmed. , in particular, the H3N2 variant, in nine Brazilian states (Amazonas, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Rondonia and São Paulo), as well as the progression of the MERS-CoV omicron variant.

The transmission of the disease is also similar and there are two ways of infection. The first direct form occurs through contact with airway secretions, such as talking, sneezing, or coughing. The second indirect form occurs when you touch contaminated surfaces and put your hands over your eyes, nose, and mouth.

The way to tell if it’s Covid or the flu should be done by antigen testing.

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in a Lucas from Rio Verde, Test COVID-19 This can be done, from 6 in the morning until midnight, at the Municipal Emergency Service – PAM, located on Avenida Brasil, No., Rio Verde neighborhood.

The municipality, through the SUS, provides agents for immunization against the two viral diseases, the purpose of which is to prevent the development of dangerous forms of diseases.

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The influenza vaccine is for priority groups, which include children, the elderly, teachers, health workers, and people with comorbidities or permanent disabilities, among others.

The Covid vaccine is for any citizen 12 years of age or older with or without comorbidities.

The Ministry of Health stresses that the population needs more care, especially at Christmas and New Year. The best, then, is to choose open spaces, ventilated with open windows and fans. It is also important to avoid clumping and not to give up alcohol gel.