Many respiratory diseases are required in winter. With the prevalence of Omicron variants, distinguishing these diseases has become more challenging. The associated symptoms add to the confusion, making it difficult to distinguish between COVID and flu infections, given that experts have dismissed the new variant as “mild.” “Coronavirus and influenza virus are both contagious and transmissible respiratory diseases in nature,” said Dr. Sanket Jain, consultant pulmonary specialist at Massina Hospital, Mumbai. According to him, both share similar symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing and headache. RT PCR or rapid antigen testing is the best way to diagnose the condition. Until then, it’s important to isolate yourself. Wear a suitable mask to curb the spread of the virus. Wash your hands regularly and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Continue to monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention in case your symptoms worsen.
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