The sudden emerge of a new virus called Wuhan coronavirus has rocked the world recently, with massive amount of people being affected by the unwelcoming disease. Some cases have even lead to death.

In case y’all missed it, the nation has just gotten over with the concerns surrounding the Influenza A outbreak. Wuhan coronavirus shows no obvious difference with common cold and influenza, as all are linked with the respiratory system. So how can one differentiate between these 3 diseases?

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Apparently, there are a few differences you can point out between common cold, influenza and Wuhan virus, as stated in China Press. In this case, the Chinese media outlet explained that the incubation period for the new pneumonia might take up to a week in average.

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However, symptoms can show up anytime in the span of 2 to 3 days or even up to 12 days in some cases. For those who are curious, check out some of the symptoms of the 3 that you should take note:

1. Common cold

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The common cold usually happens when your upper respiratory tract – nose and throat – has been infected by virus. The symptoms include the usual runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, and even a mild headache.

Your snot will usually become thicker in yellowish or greenish in colour after 2 or 3 days. Fret not, as common colds are most often than not harmless. So, you will recover within 5 or 7 days.

2. Influenza (Flu)

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Different from the mere cold, influenza cases are deemed as more serious as compared to common cold, as your lungs are also infected by the virus, in addition to your nose and throat.

Some of the severe signs that show you are suffering from influenza include high fever with temperature up to 40°C, fatigue, nausea, dried eyes, serious headaches and even diarrhoea. If not treated quickly, influenza might lead to pneumonia and can be deadly at some point. Be sure to get vaccinated, y’all.

3. Wuhan coronavirus 

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Also referred to as 2019-nCoV, it is believed that the Huanan Seafood Market, a wet market selling exotic butcheries located in Wuhan, China was the starting point for the virus outbreak. Since then, the virus has been spreading across neighbouring countries around the globe.

As aforementioned, the symptoms are quite similar with the above 2. However, the difference is that if you’ve been facing problems with your respiratory system, such as breathing difficulties, you might be infected by the virus. Other signs include dry cough and fever. Though, the latter may not be a significant symptom in some cases.

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Preventions: 

Here are some precautionary steps you can take to avoid the spread of the virus:

  1. Wash your hands regularly with water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Use a alcohol-based hand sanitiser that is available at local pharmacies for price as low as RM6!
  3. Always cover your nose and mouth whenever you sneeze or cough.
  4. If you used a tissue to cover your mouth, make sure to throw it to the dustbin straight away.
  5. Keep a distance at least 6ft away from anyone who is down with cold.
  6. Always make sure your food is cooked thoroughly.
  7. Prevent any outdoor activities
  8. Wear a mask to avoid spread of germs. Surgical masks (available in clinics or pharmacies) work wonders in this situation. Make sure to put the white part of the mask at the front.
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There you have it! If you are unsure, do consult with medical professionals. Stay healthy, peeps.

Sources: China Press, Mayo Clinic (1)(2). / Featured Image: Business Insider.

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