Coronavirus and Lyme pose similar symptoms
Summer has officially started, and with the season comes one of the biggest health pests in Connecticut Disease – Lyme. But this year, some experts fear that the confusion about the disease will increase, as it carries many of the same symptoms as Coronavirus.
“The symptoms are very similar,” said Dr. Zain Saul, chief of infectious diseases at Bridgeport Hospital. “The only difference is that you don’t get respiratory symptoms with Lyme that you develop with Coronavirus .”
Lyme disease, caused by an infected tick bite, can cause symptoms such as muscle pain, headache, fatigue, fever, and chills, which are also warning signs of Coronavirus . In addition to a lack of respiratory symptoms, another major difference is that some Lyme patients have a rash characteristic of the bull.
“But not everyone with Lyme disease understands this,” said Saul.
Lyme disease gets its name from southeast Connecticut, where it was detected in a group of children and adults in 1975. 2718 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Department of Public Health each year. ‘State.
Eva Sabi, director of the Lyme disease program at New Haven University, said that Lyme disease, like COVID-19, causes a response to inflammation in the body. For this reason, the two diseases have the same symptoms, she said.
“It’s scary,” said Sabie. “You can easily think you have Coronavirus ” when it turns out that you have Lyme disease. She added, with the escalation of Lyme disease, it is possible that some people develop both diseases at the same time.
She said, “We don’t know how long Coronavirus will last, and we know Lyme disease will last for a while.”
Sabie said more research should be done on whether Lyme disease can increase the risk of developing COVID-19, but it is possible.
Usually the ticks that cause Lyme disease start appearing in late spring or early summer, but Sabie said they appear early due to climate change and high temperatures.
Saul said it “promises that tick season will be somewhat active”, so people should be careful. This includes checking all family members, including pets, for ticks after spending time outside and removing them carefully with tweezers, if necessary. Other steps include using a tick repellant and wearing long pants and socks when spending time outdoors.
These tick protection measures are in addition to the measures that many people are already taking to protect themselves from Coronavirus , such as wearing a mask, social distraction and frequent hand washing.
“Sometimes you may need to get tested for both,” said Saul, for people who have symptoms associated with these illnesses. However, some confusion can be alleviated by using common sense, he said.
Saul said, “If you spend a lot of time outdoors and don’t have respiratory symptoms, you’re probably Lyme.” “And if you’re in quarantine, you don’t go outside, and you cough, it’s probably Coronavirus .”
As a further development, he suggested that this might not be the case.
“There are already summer viruses circulating,” said Saul.
reported by WB