Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Since the Covid-19 era, people easily conclude that coughing is a symptom of the virus infection. However, if you have a cough with phlegm that doesn’t go away, that could be it Tuberculosis (TB), not Covid.
Both TB and Covid are infectious and deadly diseases. However, the causes of the disease are different. TB is caused by a bacterial infection, while Covid-19 is triggered by a viral infection.
Because they both attack the respiratory organs, the symptoms they cause are similar, namely coughing.
Cough is a typical symptom of TB patients, while in the case of Covid-19, cough is also reported to be a common symptom experienced by many patients. Then, how do you tell the difference between a cough due to TB and a cough from Covid?
Characteristics of Covid-induced cough:
- dry cough;
- occurs in a matter of days;
- sometimes accompanied by a high fever.
The characteristics of cough due to tuberculosis are:
- cough with phlegm;
- lasts a long time, more than 2 weeks;
- accompanied by a fever that is not too high and can go away on its own;
- night sweats;
- decreased appetite;
- lost weight.
Based on the report of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2021, there are 9.9 million TB cases in the world. Meanwhile, Indonesia ranks 3rd after India and China, with 824,000 cases and 93,000 deaths per year.