How to make the difference ?

Doctors are overwhelmed by calls from parents worried that their child has symptoms reminiscent of coronavirus.

It is true that the slightest point of fever, the slightest cough, a runny nose appear as warning signals which often push schools to send children home.

However, with the change of seasons, between temperature variations and more strained immune defenses, the body becomes a playground for different viruses, with the rhinovirus in the lead.

As a result, schools are super cautious, parents are worried, doctors are overwhelmed.

“If every cold my children can no longer go to school, they are unlikely to go much”

Certainly. But how to distinguish the common cold from possible contamination with Covid-19?

Symptoms of the coronavirus, or not

Nasopharyngitis, since we are talking about it, is characterized by a runny nose, a little fever (rarely above 38 °), sore throat and a clean or slightly colored snot.

In the case of the coronavirus, and the “suggestive symptoms” referred to in the health protocol of the Ministry of National Education, there is no question of a runny nose. Appearing at the bottom of the frequently asked questions page, they are listed as follows: acute respiratory infection with fever or feeling of fever, unexplained fatigue, unexplained muscle pain, unusual headaches, decrease or loss of taste and / or smell , diarrhea.

Where parents can be lost is that the information provided by the coronavirus information toll-free number adds to the ministry’s symptoms “sore throat, cough and … runny nose.”

A boost may come from American researchers, who have put forward an order of appearance of symptoms of Covid-19 – for people who have them. And it is the fever, higher than 38 °, which appears first.

For its part, the French Pediatric Society communicates on what to do if a child is sick in the current context.

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