Coronavirus vs. cold: Is my ‘scratchy throat’ COVID-19 or a result of changing weather?

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Climate change is one of the most ideal times for the growth of viruses and bacteria. Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly.

COVID-19 symptoms and cold symptoms can be similar to each other because both are respiratory illnesses. However, the two may be different due to the intensity. Each new Kovid variant has amazed us with its unique capabilities. Although Delta was able to directly affect the lungs causing severe symptoms, Omicron was more mild and led to symptoms associated with the upper respiratory tract.

In order to distinguish between covid and cold, in addition to the intensity, we can also keep an eye on the incubation period. Experts from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that the incubation time of Covid-19 is between 1 and 14 days, usually about 5 days. For Omicron, experts say it is short i.e. 3 days. However, for a common cold, this is usually within 1 to 3 days.

In addition, a covid-induced sore throat may be accompanied by fever, cough, fatigue, body aches, gastrointestinal symptoms, and other prominent symptoms, including loss of odor and taste, which are uncommon in the common cold-cough, PubMed Central researchers explain. Symptoms of a cold may include a sore throat, a runny nose, or a runny nose.




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