Your sore throat can determine whether you’ve contracted Covid-19. Here’s how to understand:

On similar tracks, the common symptom of the common cold — sore throat — can also determine whether or not you’ve contracted the coronavirus.

In a recent media briefing, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke about a new sub-variant of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of Covid-19 that has now been discovered in India.

Omicron sub-variants BA.4, BA.5 could trigger a new wave of Covid infections, a top health official in India said on July 8.

Ghebreyesus also spoke about the sudden surge in coronavirus cases worldwide. “Globally reported cases have increased by nearly 30 percent in the past two weeks. Four of the WHO’s six sub-regions saw the number of cases increase in the past week,” he said. “In Europe and the Americas, BA.4 and BA.5 are driving waves. A new sub-line of BA.2.75 has also been detected in countries such as India, which we are monitoring,” he added.

The SARs-CoV-2 virus is a respiratory disease, just like the common cold or the flu. It can affect both the upper and lower respiratory tract and give light to various symptoms.

Sore Throat For Symptom

With the monsoon season approaching after a difficult phase of prolonged heat wave, the seasonal change has caused viral fevers with coughs and colds in many.

At such a time, sore throat is very common in patients and recently experts believe that the duration of your symptom could reveal whether you have Covid-19 or not.

However, there is no indication that the sore throat and a Covid-19 throat are different.

What Happens During Sore Throat?

Sore throat is one of the most common symptoms associated with respiratory infections. Aside from that, fever, cough, runny nose and sneezing are some of the other most commonly reported symptoms in people infected with Covid or cold/flu.

If you develop a sore throat as a result of Covid-19, you may experience pain, scratchiness and thickness in your throat, especially when you swallow something. There may be a dry, irritating feeling that could be the result of inflammation in the back of your throat.

How To Distinguish Between Covid And Non-Covid Sore Throat?

The best way to differentiate between COVID and the cold/flu is to look at the severity of the illness and how fast the viruses travel. Covid-19 seems to spread more easily than the flu or the common cold and takes more time when it comes to recovery.

According to data collected by the ZOE Covid Symptom Study app in the UK, sore throat is a lesser known symptom of Covid but an early sign of the disease and is common in children and adults aged 65 and over.

Besides being “relatively mild”, experts responsible for the app suggest that Covid sore throats last no more than five days.

Anyone suffering from a sore throat for more than five days should be tested for another illness, according to the experts.

Reportedly, a Covid sore throat “usually appears” in the first week of illness and can improve “quite quickly”.

“It feels worse on the first day of infection, but gets better every day after,” explain ZOE researchers.

While a sore throat is a commonly reported symptom of COVID-19, it is not the only one. According to the ZOE Covid app, 69% of users have reported headaches, making it a leading symptom.

Other signs and symptoms of Covid-19

A person should take a Covid-19 test if he suffers from the diseases below

– Fever or chills

– Cough

– Fatigue

– Muscle or body pain

– New loss of taste or smell

– Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

– Constipation or runny nose

– Gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea

Remedies for Covid Sore Throat

One should drink plenty of warm water and stay hydrated. You can also mix in a spoonful of honey to soothe the irritation and inflammation in the throat.

Gargling with salt water is also seen as a soothing exercise. You can also do this with throat lozenges, which keep your throat moist.

Get enough rest so that your body’s immune system is recharged and infections can be fought efficiently.

If the home remedies don’t work, you can take over-the-counter medications prescribed by your doctors to relieve your pain.

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