Frequently Asked Questions: How is COVID-19 similar to the flu and pneumonia?

Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez-Fischer discussed the symptoms of upper respiratory infections and the FDA’s recent restrictions on Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

DENVER –
When it comes to upper respiratory tract infections, Dr. According to Ricardo Gonzalez-Fischer, it is difficult to differentiate whether a person has COVID-19, influenza, pneumonia or streptococcal disease, because there are many common symptoms of the disease.

Gonzalez-Fischer is a medical expert Raza’s services and joined 9NEWS + presenter Chris Bianchi in this week’s segment to discuss the various symptoms of respiratory infections. He also weighed the latest FDA restrictions on Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Gonzalez-Fischer, these are some of the questions that should help people determine if they have COVID or something else:

Editor’s note: Answers have been corrected for clarification.

What is your temperature?

Gonzalez-Fischer said streptococcus, influenza, pneumonia and COVID-19 are febrile infections. The common cold does not cause fever. So, if there is no fever, he said the person may be suffering from a normal cold.

However, people should keep in mind that it takes time for COVID-19 symptoms to develop, so a fever can last for several days. He added that people start feeling bad before their body temperature rises.

Gonzalez-Fischer stressed that if there is any suspicion, people should be checked.

are you sick Are you sick

If you have body aches, muscle aches, you’re tired, maybe you’re on COVID-19, and it’s a good idea to get tested.

How fast are these symptoms coming?

If people were so good yesterday and feel like they were hit by a train today, it’s not COVID-19. This is another infection because the symptoms of COVID appear gradually.

Is there a heart attack?

Many people may have gastrointestinal problems, dizziness and vomiting. They are not very common in COVID-19, so they should think it’s the flu.

What type of cough do you have?

People with streptococcus, pneumonia, or the flu produce a productive cough and sputum, while people with COVID-19 tend to have a dry cough. If people have a dry cough for many days and have a productive cough, they should be aware that they may have a second infection with pneumonia and that they may be tested for COVID.

How long have you been sick?

If the illness lasts only seven days and passes, it may be a common cold. The flu or flu lasts a little over 10 days, but if it comes slowly and increases, get tested because it could be COVID-19.

How effective are the medications you are taking?

If you are taking over-the-counter medications, usually those that have a respiratory illness and will not go away, we are talking about COVID. You need to take a test.

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On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration decided to limit Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after re-examining data on the risk of life-threatening blood clots.

Restrictions allow the use of J&J The vaccine is only for people over 18 years of age who have specially requested this vaccine or have an official contraindication to taking another vaccine. Gonzalez-Fischer said they are allergic to Pfizer or Moderna ingredients.

According to Gonzalez-Fisher, the risk of complications from Johnson and Johnson vaccine is “very small, but very severe.”

“More than 18 million Johnson and Johnson vaccines have been used and 60 cases have been reported. There are not more than 60 cases in 18 million vaccines, but that’s what’s happening. Unfortunately, there are nine people who have died from this condition,” Gonzalez-Fischer said.

Gonzalez-Fisher Johnson and Johnson said people who received the vaccine would not face any problems in the future.

“This is something that will happen two or three weeks after the vaccine,” he added. “It doesn’t matter if you stay there and then years or months later.”

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On Thursday and Friday mornings they visited 5350 Leetsdale Dr. # 100. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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