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Symptoms of dengue can be confused with Covid-19. See the differences

Like Covid-19, dengue has a fever, but of longer duration and also headaches and muscle aches. Photo: Bigstock

The onset of the rainy season in Brazil requires additional precautions to prevent dengue. Nearly one million cases of the disease were reported nationwide last year, according to the health ministry, and experts fear the number will be even higher this year.

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In this pandemic period, it is common, when sick, for the patient to quickly associate certain symptoms with those of Covid-19, especially when he has a fever, which is also common with dengue.

The difference between this symptom in the two diseases, according to epidemiologist Gabriela Vilar, is the duration of the fever. Dengue fever, for example, typically lasts longer than four or five days, with pain behind the eyes and joints, unlike Covid-19 fever, which has a shorter duration. The information comes from Agência Brasil.

Along with fever, during Covid-19, loss or alteration of smell, loss or alteration of taste, and a new continuous cough are common. Added to this, according to a recent British study, are chills, loss of appetite, headaches and muscle aches, which can also be confusing if dengue is suspected.

Symptoms for 10 days

Dengue fever is an infectious disease caused by a virus transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. In most cases, symptoms of dengue fever last for up to ten days. But the weakness and discomfort may linger for a few weeks.

The doctor reminds the basic care to fight against mosquitoes, such as not leaving stagnant water, even in a small container, such as a bottle cap.

There is no specific treatment for dengue, but for the symptoms, with medicines for fever, body aches and headaches. It is important to increase your fluid intake to avoid dehydration.

More serious signs

The disease also has the severe form, dengue hemorrhagic fever, which can lead to death. Red spots and bleeding gums are the first warning signs.

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