CoronaVirus Symptoms vs Flu vs Cold & When Should You See A Doctor?

CoronaVirus Symptoms vs Flu vs Cold & When Should You See A Doctor?

Hello Health Champions. In this video I
want to go over some of the signs and symptoms of the corona virus and how
they compare with and contrast to some of the other common ailments like colds
and flus and allergy I also want to cover some unique characteristics of the
corona virus to help you avoid getting it but more importantly to help avoid
spreading it. Coming right up hey I’m dr. Ekberg I’m a holistic doctor
and a former Olympic decathlete and if you want to truly master health by
understanding how the body really works make sure you subscribe and hit that
notification bell so you don’t miss anything it’s certainly easy to get
paranoid during a pandemic like the corona virus outbreak we’re just
finishing up cold and flu season and we’re heading into allergy season so
millions of people are having symptoms anyway but what do they mean well here
are the most common corona virus symptoms they’re not necessarily how
severe they are but it’s the frequency so 88% of people who get infected are
gonna have a fever at some point not necessarily so much in the beginning but
it would develop over time dry cough is going to be experienced by 68% of people
and these two are the big characteristics of the corona virus then
we have things like fatigue and wet cough that get about a third we’ll get
those and the wet cough is also described as sputum production as
opposed to a dry cough where it’s just kind of irritating a sputum production
of wet cough means that things are coming up out of the lungs
shortness of breath muscle pain and joint pain now we’re getting down to
about if they’re a sixth of people sore throat headache chills less common and
quite uncommon are things like nausea or vomiting nasal congestion diarrhea and
with the nasal congestion also sneezing kind of rare and that’s one of the
things that set this apart so what about kids well the symptoms are going to be
the same but for the most part they are less severe kids get away pretty easily
for the most part however when they get it they’re the same so they get the same
fever and the cough and even respiratory distress in severe cases even though
they’re fewer something to keep in mind though is that even mild cases are
contagious that you’re just as likely to give it to someone else even if you
are not as harshly affected kids not being so aware of the importance of this
that’s just an extra reason to limit their activities and keep them away from
other people so let’s take a look at how the symptoms compare across some of the
more common ailments with corona you’re going to almost always have a fever with
a cold it’s gonna be more rare with the flu you’re gonna almost always have a
fever and with allergies it’s going to be rare the dry cough is something that
is quite common with all four of them but even more so with a corona and the
flu so cough is not a discerning factor you’re gonna have that pretty much in
all of these shortness of breath is very characteristic for the corona virus but
more so in the more severe cases as the infection progresses you can get a
secondary infection which causes inflammation and fluid buildup in the
lungs and most people who die from the corona virus die from acute respiratory
distress syndrome meaning the fluid builds up to the point where there’s not
enough available surface area dry surface area in the lungs to exchange
oxygen and carbon dioxide and now they basically drown the cold and the flu are
not going to have shortness of breath or respiratory distress and allergies
however can have that but it’s not going to be the same mechanism you’re going to
react – pollen and environmental stressors not
have the respiratory distress because of fluid buildup when it comes to aches and
pains they do happen with coronavirus quite a bit but even more so with the
colds and the flues and hardly at all with allergies so the first three are
infectious agents where as allergies again you’re reacting to the environment
same thing with sore throat that follows the same pattern that you’re gonna have
it with the infectious agents but not with the allergies what about a runny
nose runny nose is quite rare with corona
which is surprising to most people but the corona virus has receptors that
affect the lungs specifically so with colds and flus you’re gonna have lungs
and head congestion but with the corona you’re gonna have pretty much neck down
it’s going to be lungs primarily so the colds and the flu are gonna have quite a
bit of runny nose especially the cold and also allergies you can get very
congested and runny nose sneezing is virtually absent with the corona it
could happen of course if you breathe in some pepper or something but as a result
of the virus it doesn’t really happen the cold also has very frequent sneezing
whereas with the flu it’s kind of rare and with allergies is extremely common
let’s take a look at how the symptoms overlap if you have cold or allergies
then you’re gonna have it she is cough runny nose and sneezing and if you have
those primarily that’s a good sign that you don’t have the corona virus or the
flu corona versus the flu is a little bit harder to differentiate because they
do have fevers and chills they do both have the cough the difference is going to
be primarily on the shortness of breath in the COVID-19
and it’s gonna be that the flu also effects the the head the chest and the
head whereas the COVID-19 is primarily the chest another difference is that the
COVID-19 is going to have a slower onset and progression typically whereas the
flu is pretty much once you get it you wake up one morning and it’s there it’s
overnight now let’s talk a little bit about why is the corona virus why is
COVID-19 so bad. Why are countries shutting down is it all the deaths not
really even though the death rate is significantly higher than the common flu
than the regular flu it’s about depending on the age group and the
category it’s between four times to twenty times more deadly than the flu
but it’s still a small percentage so that’s not the reason that we should be
concerned that’s not why they’re locking down borders the reason is something
called R naught which is a value that talks about how easily it spreads so if
R naught is one that means that for every person gets infected they’re gonna
transmit it they’re gonna infect or contaminate one other person and if
that’s the case then the disease neither shrinks nor grows okay it stays the same
that if we have a hundred people then they’re gonna get well but before they
get well they’re gonna infect another hundred people if it’s less than one
then the infection is gonna peter out and die on its own because for every
person who gets infected they’re gonna infect less than one so it’s never gonna
take off if it’s a little bit more than one now even a 1.1 or a 1.2 that’s still
pretty serious because now that means that the infection will increase there
will be more and more people there is an exponential growth even if it’s very
slight so with the flu we have an R nought of 1.3 which is still pretty bad
and that’s why these influenzas spread however with the coronavirus the
R naught is 2.0 to 2.5 and that may not seem like an astronomical number but it
is pretty huge because this means a doubling exponential function that means
for every person who gets it they’re gonna infect between two and two and a
half people so instead of having a growth rate of 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 12 we
have 1 2 4 8 16 32 so it’s doubling and that’s why you see these growth curves
getting really really scary shooting pretty much straight up that’s the
number one reason why this is so scary another factor is that they’re not quite
sure but it seems like the incubation time meaning the time between when you
get contaminated when you get infected with the virus until you start
developing symptoms is 2 to 14 days that’s quite a long time which means you
can go for up to 2 weeks being infected spreading it to others and not knowing
it for the flu that number is much much lower between 1 to 4 days you know much
faster if you’re infected so you don’t have the chance to give it to as many
other people so even though the death rate is higher than the flu it’s not
anywhere near that of Ebola or SARS or anything like that but the spread
characteristics is what makes this so serious I know you’ve heard this before
but I’m gonna tell you again protect yourself wash your hands and wipe
surfaces and objects frequently everything you come in contact with
anything that people other people come in contact with wipe it down as often as
you can because the virus on your skin won’t harm you but the virus inside your
body means your infected so even if you get it on your
hands even if you touch things if you wash carefully and frequently then you
can wash it away and not get infected the other thing that’s really difficult
is don’t touch your face and what they have found is most people touch their
face every three to four minutes throughout the day it’s subconscious
we’re not aware of it it’s just something that we do maybe it’s a little
itch maybe we’re just supporting our head but
we touch our faces all the time and the areas you want to avoid is mouth nose
and eyes if you touch those areas and you have the virus on your hands then
you are likely to get infected so if you think that you did get it now what do
you do well you stay at home you isolate yourself you avoid contact with people
you avoid spreading it and why do you stay at home well for a few reasons
the first one is that 80% of cases are mild you don’t need anything to get over
it you’re gonna get some symptoms you’re just like a cold or flu your body is
gonna fight it off and you will get better the second reason is that they
can’t really do anything for you all right there is no treatment for most
viruses period and for this one because it’s so new especially they don’t really
have anything to do for you the only time that they can help you is they can
help you with breathing if it gets to that point and also of course you want
to stay at home to avoid spreading it to others but what if it gets worse what if
you’re not in the 80% what if you’re in the category that gets worse now is when
you call a doctor because now you might get to the point where you will need
some help but you can also have someone to consult with that can tell you the
correct steps to follow and the reason you want to call your doctor is if you
get shortness of breath that would be an indication that you have is secondary
pneumonia that your lungs may be filling up with some fluid and that you’re
reducing that exchange surface in your lungs if you
have persistent pain or pressure in the chest that would be another sign if
someone in your household has a confusion that wasn’t there before or if
they’re sleeping or if they’re sort of nodding off or losing attention you
can’t get get them to arouse can’t get their attention that would also be
serious signs if their lips or face are turning blue or bluish that’s another
sign all of these things indicate hypoxia that your body is not getting
enough oxygen now here’s the main thing to understand the death rate is
relatively low it’s been estimated about 1.4 percent recently so this is not so
much about you as it is about others you if you’re reasonably healthy you’ll
probably be okay but you could still spread it to others so the death rate
recently has been estimated about 1.4 percent and depending on the age group
the younger age groups have about 0.2% death rate whereas people over 80 years
old have about a 15% death rate so if you’re young and healthy you’re gonna be
okay most likely but it doesn’t mean that you can’t spread it to others
another feature is that some people have such a mild infection that they’re
asymptomatic they don’t even know that they have it but if they have it they
can still give it to others and if you add the fact that the incubation period
is as long as 14 days then even people who eventually get sick they could walk
around for 14 days and infect others so some people kind of have the attitude of
damn the torpedoes or yippee it’s Spring Break we really want to change that
mindset we really want to change that way of thinking I believe it’s very
irresponsible for the young people to go on spring break and say hey look my
death rate is 0.2% lower and I’m probably not going to get
it so I’ll be fine because those same people will probably a lot of them will
probably contract the virus and then take it home to their families and give
it to their parents and grandparents who might be in this category so it’s not
about us it’s about everybody okay it’s not about
the individual it’s about locking down the spread so that we can contain this
but most importantly don’t panic we want to take this very seriously we want to
understand that it is a crisis it is a pandemic but we also want to understand
that we will probably be okay as long as we contain it and don’t give it to
others if you enjoyed this video make sure that you take a look at that one
thank you so much for watching I’ll see you in the next video

100 Replies to “CoronaVirus Symptoms vs Flu vs Cold & When Should You See A Doctor?”

  1. People with Diabetes are at high risk for having severe symptoms from the Coronavirus. Watch this video on the 26 Insulin Resistance Signs to see if you are at risk for developing diabetes:

  2. "It's not about you" is such a difficult concept for some 🤬 people…
    Thank you for this simple, logical and level-headed information.

  3. So the Coronavirus is basically pneumonia…in Italy they’re turning people away that are over 60 that’s why so many are dying in a country with the 2nd oldest population in the world.

  4. Dear Dr. Ekberg your video about coronavirus is the best, complete , full of necessary information. After watching your film I feel a bit less anxious. With panic around me I experienced a lot of nervousness. Thank you again. God will bless you for what you are doing.

  5. Thank you for this, Dr. Ekberg! I am going to share this with people I know who are very confused with mixed information. And I will send your video to some who are so on edge, just hearing someone clearing their throat freaks them out 😅

    P.S. I am surprised that you can call the Kung-Flu by it’s actual name. I have seen so many YouTubers get demonetized for doing that. Seems to be the “other” thing that’s going around 😒

    P.S.S. I miss your eraserboard haha Those 4 downvoters must like being sick and think you are spoiling their fun haha

  6. Chinese kept quiet about their Wuhan corona virus and waited till the rest of the world got infected.
    President Trump was the first to ban flights from China and was called racist.
    Now rest of the world is doing the same, closing borders.

  7. You are awesome, Dr. Ekberg. Your English is so easy to understand, and because I am Brazilian, and an English teacher, I both get informed and learn English!!!! Thank you very much!!! ❤️

  8. Dr ekberg, as compared to 2009 H1N1 aka swine flu . Death toll is significantly low when it comes to novel corona. But why is there a mass hysteria now compared to 2009 ? We never had nation wide lockdown back then. Is it because of massive media now compared to back then ?

  9. Dr Ekberg, in France a gouvenment spokesman has said that loss of smell is also an indicator/symptom. I would like to know your opinion on this.

  10. Dr. Ekberg, I am a nearly 63 year old male getting Remicade infusions every 8 weeks for Crohn's disease. I've been in remission since I started on Remicade after a flare in 2015. I am thinking about whether to stop getting the infusions because they suppress my immune system and make me more susceptible to getting the virus and less likely to be able to fight it off. The CDC and my gastroenterologist are recommending people like me stay on regular medications and my doctor's office is taking precautions like bringing us in through a separate entrance for infusions and only having one infusion patient at a time. I live alone and am able to stay very isolated, with only a trip to the grocery store 3 times a month or so. Going off Remicade would increase my risk of a Crohn's flare and it is possible my body would develop antibodies to the drug so it wouldn't be effective if I tried to go back on it in the future. I am otherwise healthy and have been on a low carb diet for 5-6 months. Any thoughts?

  11. Thank you so very much for the concise, clear and excellent explanation of the symptoms of these illnesses. Finally something I can wrap my head around! 👍🏻🙏🏻👍🏻

  12. Your videos are a blessing, Dr. Ekberg! Much and much appreciated, indeed. Let's all stay healthy and help others do the same!

  13. Just what we needed. Coming from you things make sense and now i feel much better about all this because knowledge is power. Thanks doc and stay safe everyone.

  14. What a relief I sneezed and had a runny nose yesterday and got really worried. I feel better today. Still not leaving the house.

  15. I dont fear covid 19 … i have dr sten in my corner and his videos to guide me … no im not first in the comments but i know dr sten is proud that im a health champion

  16. 4 people who hit dislike are servants of winne the pooh and communist china …. and cower in front of the might of dr sten and his army of health champions

  17. Glad to see your advancement to an electronic board. But looks like I'm more comfortable with your white board which to me makes your presentation brighter and clearer … Could you make your board background white rather than black? That could help. As a usual great teacher. Thanks Dr

  18. Phew, all I have is sneezing and runny nose. I also have a pain in my eyes and head that comes and goes but now I reckon thats down to not being able to sleep due to paranoia. Thanks for the post you have really but my mind at rest. I can get a good nights sleep now. Anyway stay safe all

  19. Indeed one of the best overview out there. Btw, Chloroquin treatment has shown impressive effectiveness by Infectious disease specialist Dr Raoult in Marseille France among others(was possibly used in China), its a cheap and common Malaria/Paludism treatment that has been used for decades, i think it locks-up or isolates the virus within cells and undermines the virus' ability to infect other cells.

  20. Thank you for this, you're so great at calmly explaining things to us all. My keto went out the door on Friday & now I feel puffy & terrible. You should do a video about how to get back on track for stress eaters!

  21. This channel gives better advice than any media source. As we are blessed to know about Dr Ekberg, let’s share his words & channel as much as possible.

  22. The only reason im staying home is because of my grandfather. When i do have to go out, i take a shower first thing upon return

  23. Great video Dr Ekberg ! Salient features well portrayed. This video clarified all the important aspects of this corona virus illness.

  24. Thanks Dr. E! I appreciate you not pushing the world is going to end with this. Maybe we will get this serious about diabetes next. Cvd has killed upwards to 17 million according to google. I would call this a serious issue as well even without the contagious factor. I guess the amount of money earned outweighs the need for a serious change. Also, people are being told not to be tested unless they show specific symptoms meanwhile pressing the issue that the problem is lack of testing. This is double speak in action. For all of the sound advice out here, the majority of information is sensational and not helping the situation at all. Not to mention the political use of this situation. I really hope people are paying attention to the leadership and the mass media of the world during this time especially the US.

  25. Slightly off the topic but here is the video request. Can you please make a video on why synthetic vitamin supplements are bad. how it's not as good as natural supplement and why ? You have mentioned it in several video but what is underlying mechanism that makes it less ideal for body and why in some case it actually may harm. Thank you for posting excellent content on youtube

  26. Shows woman wiping door handle then just as she finish door handle and her hands on the same rag she grab door handle… way to clean NOT!

  27. Thank you, Dr. Ekberg, for this informative, concise video. So glad I have you during this time to give us the facts in your usual calm, rational way!

  28. Thank you for your videos! Your systematic, detailed way to present information is the best. I especially appreciate the well rounded and no assumptions approach. Thank you 😊

  29. Thank you, Dr Ekberg for the great information. Your video has always good vibe. We need more of this right now.

  30. Very informative to people bec lots of confusion. Thanks for a well explained about coronavirus. Keep up the good job

  31. This may be a dumb question but why wouldn't we allow healthy people with strong immunity to voluntarily get Covid? I know this seem counter-intuitive but doesn't it reduce the base of how many (after recovery) can infect others?

  32. I’ve just shared the link to this video to all my family & friends on my phone. I know they’ll appreciate it.
    If Dr Ekberg is able to give regular advice & updates I will be sharing those videos too. While we all feel so helpless, I feel the best help we can give to those we care about is to pass on the advice from Dr Ekberg.

  33. great info but i am still confuse because i have bronchitis, bad headaches, ibs-d, arthritis, and cold chills a few times per day from menopause so i don't think i will know if i do get it

  34. I wonder if someone contracts this virus, will the immune system ALWAYS kill the virus during first 14 days? Or there may be cases of not showing the symptoms but staying much much longer like HIV for example. So some people could be like walking timebombs without knowing it.

  35. This is a great video. I give lots of detailed information for the lay man.
    My course of action is to eat healthly and say at home. My house is always stocked with needed things.
    Thank you.

  36. Excellent advice. 👍🤗
    This information is invaluable, we're not being told this on the news, especially in this much detail. Bravo.👏
    Thankyou so much for this very important information, & for sharing it with us all. Take care of you & yours, & keep safe everybody. ❤🙂🐶

  37. Thank you so much for your advice, you make this so much better to take in than the media outlets. Very detailed, keep up the great work.👍

  38. Probably one of the best videos on Covid-19 at a time when people need reliable information. I got more information in this one video than 1 week's worth of reporting on the news. With it being Allergy season, I'm so worried because few people talk about how to tell if your symptoms are from that or from the virus. Thanks Dr. Ekberg!

  39. This is very clear and concise. Finally a full picture. The only thing I disagree is the death rates are higher than the flu. The death rate is lower than the flu( or it could have rose to be the same) right now but they project that it could be worse because its able to infect more people. But right now this is all projections. We are shutting down our economy based on hysteria and the projections of virologists.

  40. I don't believe it's out there but still enjoy your highly educated videos.
    Just ate liver and eggs feel amazing and sun gazing in the early morning.

  41. Thank you for the clear and succinct presentation. It escapes me as to why governments cannot present this information like you have.

  42. Thank you. Great information. I haven’t read all the comments, you may have answered this question – If you have had the virus, can you get it again?

  43. I’ve heard that laying down and not moving around when you have chest congestion can contribute/cause pneumonia. If so, would it be safe to say, to try to get out of bed and walk around your room or house, or sit up, if you have symptoms that can contribute to pneumonia?

  44. I haven't got fever or dry cough, but I do have shortness of breath for past 3 days. Can you just get shortness of breath with the other symptoms?

  45. Yup. I probably have the virus despite being healthy, young and leaving my house just twice in the last 3 months. I only have 1 symptom but the most severe one: chest pain/pressure and trouble breathing. My chest is burning too. I didn't have flu symptoms since I started the keto diet 3 months ago but I probably have this virus (from my brother or from friends who visited me). I feel better in the morning/afternoon and worse in the evening and at night. It might be pneumonia because of this virus.

  46. I have a question, hope you can explain it Dr.Sten Ekberg…. Why can two healthy people (let's say, two persons, healthy, sporty and let's say at age of 35) can have such a different symptoms, and why can one person have much worse symptoms than the other person? I know persons that are older or not that healthy are at higher risk…. but two persons, both healthy and sporty: one gets really sick of the virus and the other one doesn't seem to have (hardly) a problem. Whát is causing this? Thank you if you can responding , stay safe 🙂

  47. Dr Ekberg can you please explain how handwashing prevents the transmission of this respiratory virus? I understand how handwashing generally improves immunity, and that improved immunity helps protect the body from all pathogens; but my hands do not exhale respiratory droplets, so how does handwashing prevent transmission of this specific virus? I really don't understand, please help 😅

  48. This video should be linked from the WHO website for people around the world to watch.

  49. That's was one of the best informative video on Covid19!
    Thank you very much for your expertise and great work!⚘

  50. Excellent Dr. Ekberg!!! Now we know what,why,how. It's just a question of when and where. Unfortuneately people can only be cooped up for so long. The virus will now be centralized in the supermarkets, drug stores, and banks. So it's likely everyone will eventually get this nasty virus until an effective vaccine is developed.

  51. Hej Dr Ekberg. Brilliant this is great 👍🏻 will definitely share this. My colleague told me that he has a sneezing 🤧 bouts but it’s just his allergies and ppl around him glared at him and others moved away! Thank you I will definitely share this 🥰👍🏻

  52. a newspaper article said coronavirus causes dehydration, is being extremely thirsty with a soar throat a symptom too? what about a rash/itch in the mouth area? are those allergy symptoms?

  53. Thank you so much for your clear explanation of what is happening, what to expect, and what to do!
    It does help with the anxiety. Thank you again

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