Stating that every parent whose child has coughed, has a fever or has a throat recently is concerned about the point that the child has coronavirus, Istanbul Rumeli University Faculty of Health Sciences Dr. Habibe Duman, a faculty member, said that with the cooling of the air and the opening of schools, the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections in children started to increase. Smoke explained the points where coronavirus and upper respiratory tract infection diseases can be distinguished.


Pointing out that it is very difficult to differentiate between Covid-19 and influenza, Dr. Habibe Duman explained the difference between the two diseases as follows:

“The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that lead to more serious infections such as MERS and SARS, from self-limiting infections that are common in society such as the common cold. This virus, which is transmitted through droplets, is also transmitted by bringing their hands to the mouth, nose and eye mucosa after other people touch the droplets emitted by infected individuals through coughing and sneezing. With the cool weather in recent days, children who start school are also faced with frequent respiratory tract infections. This situation made it necessary to differentiate Covid-19 infection from other respiratory viruses that cause similar symptoms. Like influenza, Covid-19 infection is very difficult to differentiate, as fever, headache, pain, malaise and cough can be seen. Diarrhea, loss of smell or taste, and shortness of breath are frequently seen in Covid-19 infection. The presence of similar infection findings in other family members and the presence of diarrhea, loss of smell or taste accompanying respiratory system findings strengthens the risk of Covid-19 infection and requires further examination. “


Stating that with the arrival of spring, the common cold and seasonal allergies also increase, Istanbul Rumeli University Faculty of Health Sciences Dr.

Habibe Duman, academic staff member, said, “The complaints of these two illnesses are runny nose and sneezing. There are no complaints such as fever, loss of smell or taste, diarrhea in common cold and seasonal allergies. It has a mild course and responds quickly to symptomatic treatment, ”he said.


Stating that with the rapid spread of the mutated virus, the US Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) also made new additions to symptoms. Habibe Duman said, “Recently, with the spread of mutated viruses, there has been an increase in the number of Kovid-19 cases. The US Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) also makes new additions to symptoms, listing the most common symptoms among the most common symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, recurrent chills with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste and smell. “Due to the data that some mutants spread faster, the importance of wearing double masks, distance, attention to hand hygiene, frequent and long-term ventilation of closed environments and social vaccination has been clearly seen.”

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