It is impossible to know if a person is suffering from COVID-19 (Pandemic) or just the mosquito-borne malaria and dengue that usually strike during the monsoon season. People with the three illnesses (fever, headaches, bodily pains, and weariness) have a same set of symptoms.
“A virus is the origin of both the Dengue and COVID-19 diseases, while Protozoa causes Malaria.” “‘There are clear signs of three separate illnesses,’ notes Dr. Sandeep B. Gore, Director of Emergency Medicine at Fortis Hospital in Mulund.”
How to Differentiate Covid-19 From Dengue and Malaria
COVID-19 infection is recognisable because it causes problems such as loss of taste and smell, chest heaviness, cough, and difficulty breathing.
People afflicted with COVID-19 have difficulty discerning taste and smell. Dr. Gore points out that Dengue and Malaria are exceptions to this.
Additionally, he notes that in cases with COVID-19, patients do not typically suffer from a loss of breath, chest pain, or painfulness in the chest.
He, however, recommends that you should see a doctor and get checked as soon as possible.
“Covid symptoms,” notes Dr. Sudha Menon, Director of Internal Medicine at Fortis Hospital in Bengaluru, “include coughing, sneezing, a sore throat, trouble tasting and smelling, and wheezing.” Dengue infection can lead to the appearance of nausea, bitter taste, elevated fever, eye pain, and rashes. Malaria can induce severe chills, high fever, with sweat breaking out between bouts of chills and fever.
How Can Covid-19, Dengue and Malaria Spread?
COVID-19 is spread by people talking, as opposed to Malaria and Dengue, which are spread by mosquito bites.
SARS-CoV-2 is highly contagious, and it is conveyed via droplets released when speaking, sneezing, or coughing. Dengue is caused by four distinct types of viruses, and an infected mosquito (specifically, Aedes Aegypti) is required to infect someone. Dr. Paritosh Baghel, a senior consultant in internal medicine at SL Raheja Hospital Mahim, informs us, “An infected female Anopheles mosquito bites a person, and they get malaria,” he said.
How are They Treated?
For COVID-19, antiviral medications are necessary.” “COVID patients are sometimes treated with Heparin in order to prevent embolism,” says Dr. Baghel.
Platelet transfusions are sometimes necessary to treat Dengue patients when the platelet count becomes too low. Patients who have malaria will be prescribed antimalarial medications. In addition, they might need a platelet transfusion if the situation calls for it. This demands complicated therapy and careful judgement of quickly diagnosed individuals.
Tips to Stay Safe from Infections this Monsoon
In order to avoid COVID-19:
- adhere to safety regulations,
- Cover your face when you are in public.
- Keep a distance physically.
Avoid Malaria and Dengue:
- avoid stagnate water,
- When you go out, apply mosquito repellent.
- Make sure water doesn’t sit in buckets, flower pots, or anyplace else in your home, as mosquitoes can spawn in that water.
Finally, eat homemade, fresh meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables to give your immune system a lift.