Nearly 15,000 new infections nationwide within 24 hours on Saturday – the highest figure ever reported. However, the RKI admits that late reports from individual health authorities may also be included. Nevertheless, the rising infection figures show that the virus is spreading rapidly.
Anyone who experiences cold symptoms such as coughing, rhinitis and sore throat wonders whether it could be COVID-19. The so-called corona symptoms are not very specific. Therefore here is an overview.
With increasing numbers of infections, many people who suffer from colds wonder whether these could also be so-called corona symptoms. Today the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 8,685 new infections in Germany. This is an unusually high figure, as many health authorities do not publish current figures at the weekend. There were 14,714 new infections on Saturday. This is a record level so far.
The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 can cause different symptoms in different people. Most of those affected experience no, mild or moderate symptoms. Some, however, have to be hospitalized, others even have to be artificially ventilated.
Record levels of new infections
With COVID-19 various complications can occur. Coronavirus infection can lead to pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome and inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissue. According to the RKI, the risk of complications is higher in older people and in people with underlying diseases. Additional complications can arise – unlike with influenza. For example, blood clots and multisystemic inflammation can occur. A coronavirus infection should therefore be taken very seriously.
Only a test can provide a reliable distinction between a cold, flu or COVID-19. Anyone who has experienced the symptoms described above and may even have had so-called risk contacts with suspected cases or infected persons should therefore first contact the responsible public health department or family doctor by telephone. A test will then be arranged. If respiratory distress and high fever are added, an emergency physician should be informed (sb).
According to the RKI, the risk of a severe course increases with age from 50 to 60 years. The average age of the deceased is 82 years. “Over 85 percent of the deaths were 70 years and older,” according to the RKI. Various pre-existing conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, cancer, chronic lung and liver diseases and certain forms of immunosuppression increase the risk of a severe course of the disease – regardless of age.
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