Understanding the difference between the cold and COVID-19

Posted at 9:22 AM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 23:25:06-04

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We spoke to a doctor about how to tell the difference between COVID-19 and the common cold.

Dr. Chad Tamez at West Bend Medical understands parents' worries.

He shares the stark differences parents should look for. The first is a fever.

“You can get fevers with colds but they tend to be a little more subtle the symptoms tend to be a little [milder],” said Tamez. “The classic severe style symptoms of COVID high fever seems to be the case 102-plus degree [fever], cough is still one of the hallmark symptoms of severe COVID.”

Tamez has found another sign along with fever is diarrhea.

“[Gastrointestinal] symptoms don’t typically come on with a cold.”

Here is why you cannot immediately leap to COVID-19.

“You don’t typically see that with the common cold but you will see it with a stomach bug so if you get gastroenteritis which is common all year round.”

Tamez encourages all of us to continue to wash your hands and wear a mask when in public indoors.

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