With Winter approaching, the Us is entering the traditional seasons for colds and flu, with the additional complication this year that symptoms of those two illnesses can be broadly similar to those experienced by people who have caught the coronavirus and may be at risk of spreading it.
• If you are in any doubt and are concerned about your wellbeing or the health of someone you are caring for, you should seek medical assistance in the US by dialing 911 or by following the Covid-19 advice on the PHILA.GOV website. If you have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19 you should obtain a test as soon as possible and self-isolate.
Coronavirus or Covid-19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus or Covid-19 are a fever – a temperature of 37.8C (100F) – a new persistent cough (usually dry), and a loss of their sense of taste and/or smell. Patients may also sometimes suffer from fatigue, aches and pains, sore throat, headaches and shortness of breath. Diarrhea and a runny or stuffy nose are rare. The symptoms can range from mild to severe.
The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, aches and pains, a runny or stuffy nose and sore throat. A mild cough can be experienced. There is sometimes fatigue, and it is rare to experience a fever or headaches. Colds do not cause diarrhea.
Flu most commonly consists of a fever, fatigue, a dry cough, aches and pains and headaches. Patients will sometimes experience a runny or stuffy nose or a sore throat. Diarrhea can sometimes occur in children. There is usually no sneezing with flu, but a severe shortness of breath can develop, and the PHILA.gov notes there is usually a rapid onset of symptoms
Inclement Weather Announcement
This winter has been stronger than previous years. Please stay tuned for Brightwheel notifications for any closings or late drop off announcements.
Be prepared and safe.