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Amid COVID-19, Tripura On Alert Over Seasonal Virul Fever

Amid covid19 Tripura is under grip of seasonal viral fever. Normally it’s known as influenza. Almost every day outdoor patients of GB, IGM and TMC are mostly with symptoms of cough cold and flu. During the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, every onset of fever should be suspected and investigated for the virus. Fevers commonly associated with monsoon related illnesses include malaria, dengue, leptospirosis, enteric fever, viral hepatitis, etc. Similarly in beginning of winter season influenza virus become active. When presented, these fevers must be investigated and timely treatment must be sought. Understanding of medical history and evaluations will help in differentiating the cause of fever, and decide on the treatment process. A basic laboratory investigation for monsoon related illnesses will help differentiate the cause of fever. According to the doctors Both contagious illnesses of the respiratory tract, Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by the infection of a novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) whereas, the flu is caused by the Influenza viruses. As some of the symptoms are similar between flu and COVID-19, it could be hard to tell the difference based on symptoms alone; hence, testing is required to confirm diagnosis. While characteristics are similar, there are key differences between the two and more is being learned every new day. “The flu virus may cause mild to severe illness, comprising the signs and symptoms listed above. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 those different from flu may include loss of taste. These are basic difference between Covid19 and Influenza” said DR. Tapan Bhowmi, Medicine Specialist. “Influenza antiviral drugs such as Oseltamavir are FDA-approved to treat flu, and are prescribed as per the course is advised by a doctor. For COVID-19, treatment guidelines have been developed by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)” added he.

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