In the middle of the COVID-19 epidemic flu season on the way. Both diseases have similar symptoms, which means it can be difficult to distinguish one from the other. Researchers are just beginning to learn how to distinguish early symptoms of covid-19 and seasonal flu in children.
- Researchers have begun to learn how early symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal flu can differ in children.
- While the flu season is expected to begin in October, parents may soon try to figure out if a sick child has flu or COVID-19, which may require quarantine or a visit to their doctor.
- Experts emphasize that getting the flu vaccine during the epidemic is more important than ever.
What to look for when trying to decide whether a child has flu or COVID-19.
Flu and COVID-19
Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently influenza and COVID-19 published a guide on the differences between.
While COVID-19 and flu viruses are thought to spread in similar ways, COVID-19 is more contagious than the flu among certain populations and age groups.
It has been observed that COVID-19 has more spreading events than flu. According to the CDC website, this means that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to many people quickly and easily, causing it to spread constantly among people as time progresses.
Experts emphasize that the impact of COVID-19 on children should not be minimized or rely on data where children are housed at home, not attending school, and not exposed to other people or viruses.
This winter season will give us the opportunity to evaluate such an effect. This is because although social distancing and other COVID control measures remain in place, the population in general returns to more ‘normal’ activities and control measures are not applied consistently.
Fever, cough more common than flu in children with COVID-19
As part of the study, the researchers looked at 315 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in the hospital between March 25, 2020 and May 15, 2020.
They compared the information with the 1,402 children diagnosed with the flu between October 1, 2019 and June 6, 2020. Children who were asymptomatic but positive for COVID-19 were not included in the cohort.
17.1 percent of the COVID-19 cohort were hospitalized, 5.7 percent were taken to the intensive care unit and 3.2 percent to ventilators. 21.2 percent of the flu children were hospitalized, 7 percent were admitted to the intensive care unit, and 1.9 percent were using a ventilator.
The median age of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is 9.7, while the median age of those with influenza is 4.2.
Fever was the most commonly reported symptom, followed by cough. Children with COVID-19 had fever and cough compared to those with the flu.
A higher percentage of those with COVID-19 reported symptoms including:
- body aches
- chest pain
There was no statistically significant difference in children who reported obstruction, sore throat, or shortness of breath.
As the number of influenza cases in the hospital decreased when schools closed in March, lead study author and Infection Control / Epidemiology director at the National Children’s Hospital. Xiaoyan Song wants to look at the effects of school closures on the spread of COVID-19. .
“We want to assess the quantitative impact of school closures so that the cost of closing schools and staying home outweighs the benefit of reducing COVID-19 transmission and the burden on the health system,” he said.