Sore Throat And Covid 19

Sore Throat And Covid 19

SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is a respiratory disorder that has many symptoms.  When Covid causes symptoms of a sore throat it is commonly referred to as covid sore throat.

In this post, we’ll look at how a sore throat can be a symptom of COVID-19.  In addition, we will discuss other symptoms of COVID and when to seek immediate medical help.

Is having a sore throat a typical COVID-19 symptom?

The symptoms of COVID-19 might differ from person to person, according to the (CDC).

One of the symptoms of COVID-19 is a sore throat. It is not currently known at what point during a COVID infection when or if a sore throat will occur. 

A painful throat is a frequent early indication of various respiratory disorders, such as the common cold. Respiratory viruses reach the throat and nose because that is where they are first inhaled. They may reproduce there early on, causing throat inflammation and soreness.

A painful throat isn’t a common COVID-19 symptom in general. Around 14 percent of individuals with COVID reported a sore throat, according to a research commissioned by the (WHO) in China.

Which other symptoms are common COVID-19 warning signs?

Other symptoms of COVID-19 are more common. The three most prevalent symptoms are:

  • fever
  • a cough that is either dry or moist
  • fatigue

Other less typical COVID-19 signs that have been observed, in addition to a sore throat, include:

  • breathing problems
  • headache
  • aches and pains in the body
  • chills
  • a stuffy or runny nose
  • gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
  • a loss of smell or taste

Keep in mind that medical professionals are continuously discovering new things every day about the novel coronavirus and COVID 19 (including the Delta version of Covid 19). As more symptoms are uncovered, the kind and severity of symptoms may alter.

Symptoms of COVID-19 vs. flu or cold symptoms.

How can you determine if you have a cold, the seasonal flu or COVID-19, if you have a sore throat or other signs of a respiratory infection?

The basic answer is that the only way to be sure you don’t have COVID-19 is to get tested for it.

Other characteristics can also aid in the differentiation of these three illnesses:

  • COVID-19 symptoms usually appear gradually. Fever, cough, and exhaustion are by far the most frequently reported symptoms. Other signs and symptoms appear less frequently.
  • The common cold symptoms can also develop over time. However, a sore throat as well as a running or stuffy nose are the most prevalent early symptoms. Fevers may occur, but they are uncommon.
  • COVID-19 and the flu share a lot of symptoms. however COVID-19 is less likely to cause common flu symptoms including chills, headaches, along with body aches and pains.

What should you do if your symptoms are severe or alarming?

Follow the appropriate steps if you acquire a sore throat and suspect you have COVID-19:

  • Remain at home. Plan on only going out to get medical help. If you live with others, strive to keep as much distance as possible between you and them.
  • Make an appointment with your doctor. Inform them of your symptoms. They’ll give you advice on how to take care of yourself while you’re sick, and they might even schedule you to be evaluated for COVID-19.
  • Keep a record of your signs and symptoms. The majority of persons with COVID-19 recover at home, but roughly one in every five develops a far more serious condition. If your symptoms worsen, seek medical help immediately.

If your symptoms worsen, don’t be afraid to seek medical help.

What can you do to relieve a sore throat?

If you experience sore throat as a symptom there are several things you may do at home to help alleviate pains. These are some of them:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids as you recover. Warm drinks, such as broths or tea with honey, can assist to relieve throat inflammation and soreness.
  • To relieve sore throat pain, gargle with salt water.
  • Suck on hard candies or throat lozenges, that stimulate saliva production and keep your throat moist.
  • Add moisture to the atmosphere with a humidifier. A warm shower also may help to relieve throat inflammation.
  • Get plenty of rest to help your immune system fight the infection.
  • If you’re in discomfort, think about taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as (Tylenol), or (Aleve).

When should you seek medical help?

COVID-19 may evolve to include more significant symptoms in some individuals. This occurs five to eight days after you already become ill.

If you develop any one of the following symptoms, seek medical help right away:

  • breathing problems
  • pressure or pain in the chest
  • the appearance of blue lips, nails or face.
  • mental fatigue or fog
  • inability to stay awake or problems waking up

Last but not least

Please remember that having a sore throat may be a possible COVID-19 symptom. However, it is less prevalent than other symptoms including fever, cough, and exhaustion.

Contact your Physician to talk about your symptoms. They can advise you on self-care and may recommend that you get a COVID-19 test.

Article Update – Delta Variant Of Covid 19

What are the most common symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid 19?  The most common symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid -19 according to a recent CNBC report include:
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

Please note that these symptoms are different than the original Covid-19 symptoms and loss of smell and loss of taste are much less common symptoms of this variant.

Covid 19 and the Delta Variant in Chicagoland and Downstate Illinois

For updated facts and figures about Covid 19 in Chicagoland check out this information from the Chicago Sun Times

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