However, medical doctors identified that given the prevailing climate circumstances in wake of the melancholy, decrease temperatures and rains, the general public has to train excessive warning as varied bacterial and microbial infections are rampant underneath such circumstances. They mentioned that there must be a differential analysis between such illnesses and Covid-19 as their signs are comparable.
“It has been observed that usually after heavy rains, a number of cases of bacterial leptospirosis are reported. Even bacterial scrub typhus, dengue cases or various types of flu occur more during and after the rainy season. Most of these ailments have common symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle ache, fatigue, breathlessness and it is easy to confuse these with (symptoms of) Covid-19,” mentioned pulmonologist and civil surgeon at Government ESI Hospital, Dr Phanender Ketha.
“The treatment modality of Covid-19 and dengue are totally different as one (Covid-19) needs anti-coagulants while the other (dengue) often needs blood (platelet) transfusion and therefore through proper testing, differential diagnosis must be done to avoid confusion with Covid-19,” Dr Ketha mentioned.
Meanwhile, Covid-19 nodal officer for north coastal Andhra Pradesh, Dr PV Sudhakar, is of the opinion that the incessant rain and cyclonic climate at the moment prevalent in Visakhapatnam and surrounding districts might convey down Covid-19 circumstances within the area.
“Due to the frequent rains and squally winds since the last few days, most people will be staying home. There would hardly be any outdoor congregations or public events. Therefore chances of coronavirus infection will be less,” Dr Sudhakar mentioned.