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A 31-year-old female asked:

My daughter had viral upper respiratory tract infection, i have been sick for a few days,the symptoms are similar to covid, how do we tell the difference ?

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Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
U Cant without test: For the vast majority of people under 70 covid19 infection IS just another viral upper respiratory illness. It can be like a flu with fever and cough, like a cold, or just minor sniffles. Drink fluids, use Tylenol, aspirin, or NSAIDS. Covid or not, stay home and isolate yourself to protect the vulnerable. If you get short of breath or vomit to point you cant hold down fluids, go to the ER.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
COVID 19: You often can't tell the difference by symptoms alone. Suspicion for COVID 19 is higher if you have at least 2 of these sx’s: temp of at least 99.6, Cough, Shortness of breath, Chills, Shivering, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.

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