Which: RKI (Stand: 23.11.2021)
Covid-19: how is the disease evolving?
The course of the disease is highly variable. Asymptomatic infections up to severe pneumonia with pulmonary failure and death may occur.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), approximately one in 200 people in Germany for whom a confirmed corona infection has been reported has died in connection with the disease Covid 19. (Status: 20/07/2022)
Typical flu symptoms: fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and cough
Is it “just” the flu or Corona? The WHO assumes that a significant proportion of people with Covid-19 (worldwide) suffer from chills and muscle aches. Anyone who notices these symptoms should take a corona test as a precaution.
Fatigue: Confusion and discomfort
Difficulty waking up, concentrating, feeling confused and generally feeling unwell can also be an indication that you have Covid-19 – especially in children.
However, if ONLY these symptoms are detected, they are more likely to be due to other causes. If, on the other hand, they occur in association with symptoms such as difficulty breathing, cough or fever, you should seek help.
Disturbance of smell and taste or rather sore throat?
Young people with a “young immune system” who contract Covid-19 are particularly affected by the loss of their sense of smell and taste.
However, not if it is an infection with the omicron variant. This is more often associated with a sore throat and more rarely with loss of taste or smell.
More common than expected: nausea and diarrhea
Digestive problems are also associated with the coronavirus. Especially in children, nausea and diarrhea when occurring with fever can be an indication of coronavirus infection.
Headaches and dizziness: flu, cold or Covid-19?
Headaches and dizziness can also be indications or side effects of a corona infection. Some of those found to be infected reportedly complained of headaches, some also of dizziness.
Here too, it is important to check whether the symptoms are due to the flu or a cold.
Pollen allergy or Corona? runny nose and sore throat
A runny nose is more likely to indicate a cold or pollen allergy than coronavirus, but it can also occur as a side effect of Covid-19. A sore throat is also more typical of a “normal” flu or a cold, but does not exclude infection with the corona virus.
Typical of viral diseases: conjunctivitis and red eyes
As with almost all viral illnesses, the eyes can also be involved in a corona virus infection. Along with more typical symptoms such as fever, body aches or fatigue, sufferers develop inflammation of the eyes or mucous membranes. Similar to that which can also occur as part of the flu.
“Long Covid” and “Post Covid”
Long-term studies show that anyone who survived Covid-19 can still suffer long-term effects. The lungs, muscles, brain, heart or kidneys can be permanently or permanently damaged. Those affected suffer from chronic fatigue or even hair loss. Doctors call it “Long Covid” or “Post Covid”. You can find out what the differences are and where affected people can find help here.