A medical expert explains how to tell if it's a cold, flu or COVID-19

A medical expert explains how to tell if it’s a cold, flu or COVID-19

Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez Fischer discusses symptoms of upper respiratory infections and the latest FDA restrictions on the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.

Denver –
When it comes to upper respiratory infections, Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez Fischer said it becomes difficult to distinguish whether a person has COVID-19, influenza, pneumonia or a sore throat because the diseases share many symptoms.

Gonzalez Fisher Medical Expert with Servicios de la Raza She joined 9NEWS+ anchor Chris Bianchi on this week’s segment discussing the various symptoms of respiratory infections. He also focused on the latest US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restrictions on the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.

According to Gonzalez-Fisher, these are some of the questions people should ask to help them know if they have COVID or something else:

Editor’s note: Answers have been edited for clarity.

What is your temperature?

Gonzalez Fisher said strep throat, influenza, pneumonia and COVID-19 are infections that cause fever. Colds usually do not cause fever. So, if there is no fever, he said the person most likely has a cold.

However, people should keep in mind that symptoms of COVID-19 take time to appear, so a fever may take a few days to start. He added that people start to feel distressed before they develop a fever.

Gonzalez Fisher emphasized that if there was any doubt, people should get tested.

Do you suffer from ulcers? do you feel the pain?

If you have body aches, muscle aches, are exhausted, and probably fall into COVID-19, it’s a good idea to get tested.

How quickly do these symptoms appear?

If people were healthy yesterday and today they feel as if they were hit by a train, then it is most likely not COVID-19. It’s another infection because the symptoms of COVID come on slowly and gradually.

Do you suffer from nausea?

Many people may experience digestive problems, nausea, and vomiting. It’s not very common with COVID-19, so they should think it might be the flu.

What type of cough do you have?

People with staph, pneumonia, or influenza have a productive cough and produce phlegm, while people with COVID-19 tend to have a dry cough. People need to remember that if they have a dry cough for several days, which turns into a productive cough, they may have a secondary infection, pneumonia, and may need a COVID test.

How long have you been ill?

If the illness lasts only seven days and is gone, it is probably a cold. The flu lasts a little more than 10 days, but if it’s progressing slowly and gradually, and it’s increasing, then get tested because it could be COVID-19.

How effective are your medications?

If you take over-the-counter medications, and medications you normally take when you have a respiratory illness and it doesn’t go away, we’re most likely talking about COVID. You have to be tested.

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The Food and Drug Administration decided Thursday to restrict Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after taking another look at data on the risk of life-threatening blood clots.

Restrictions allow the use of J&J. Vaccine only for people 18 years of age or older, who specifically request this vaccine, or who have an official contraindication to receiving another vaccine. This means they are allergic to ingredients in Pfizer or Moderna, Gonzalez Fisher said.

According to Gonzalez Fisher, the risk of complications from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is “very low, but very severe.”

“More than 18 million vaccines have been applied to Johnson & Johnson, and what have been recorded is 60 cases. 60 cases out of 18 million vaccines are not many but this is something that happens. Unfortunately there are nine people who died because of this circumstance,” Gonzalez Fisher said.

Gonzalez Fisher noted that people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would not develop complications in the future.

“This is something that happens in the first two or three weeks after the vaccine,” he added. “It won’t stay there and then it will give you the complexity years or months later.”

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Servicios de la RazaThe state’s largest nonprofit serving Latinos will continue to offer their vaccination clinic every Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the organization, located at 3131 W. 14th Ave.

On Thursday and Friday mornings, they will also hold mobile clinics at the Mexican Consulate located at 5350 Leetsdale Dr. #100. From 9 am to 1 pm

No appointments are required and no form of identification, Social Security number, or medical insurance is required.

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2022-05-11 18:15:00

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