There are many perks of being in a tropical country. Lush trees, exotic fruits and animals are only some of it. Unfortunately, that also meant that there are also many dangerous animals that may not have lived in cold weather countries. One of it is the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitos, which causes dengue fever. The COVID-19 pandemic also has the same symptoms to those who have dengue fever, which is why we should be very careful in differentiating between the two.
Difference between COVID-19 and dengue symptoms
Fever that occurs due to dengue fever generally lasts for several days with a body temperature that can reach 40 degrees Celsius. In addition, the fever experienced by dengue fever is accompanied by other symptoms, such as:
- Muscle ache.
- Joint pain.
- Bleeding in the gum area.
- Red spots appear on the skin that results to bruises.
Exposure to the corona virus infection also causes sufferers to experience fever. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other symptoms of having COVID-19 include:
- Sore throat.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Dry cough.
- Chest pain.
- Hard to breathe.
Dengue fever occurs when a person is exposed to dengue virus infection which is carried through the bite of the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. Dengue fever can cause blood vessels to become damaged and leak blood. Damage and leakage in blood vessels causes a decrease in platelet levels.
Meanwhile, the corona virus infects the sufferer’s breathing. In some conditions, the corona virus causes sufferers to experience mild respiratory infections. In other conditions, the corona virus causes a fairly severe respiratory infection in the lungs. Unlike dengue fever, the corona virus is easily transmitted through droplets when the sufferer coughs, sneezes, or even talks.
What to do if you experience these symptoms
If you experience these symptoms, you can also go to the nearest hospital in case you need further treatment. The earlier you detect the corona virus infection in the body, this will increase your chances of reducing the spread and transmission of COVID-19. If anyone you know is experiencing high fever for several days, then they require further examination with blood tests. It is better to self-isolate if you experience some of these symptoms to stop the spread of both the corona virus and dengue fever which can lead to dangerous complications for health.