Is this covid-19?

I have been having cold and catarrh with cough and fever for the past one week despite using several medications. My test for malaria parasites was negative. Although my friends say that my problem is just a common cold but I am wondering if this is not Covid infection. What do you suggest that I do. Thanks.

Emeka (by E -mail)

 

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by a type of virus (a coronavirus) called SARS-CoV-2. It’s a cousin of the common cold, but its potential consequences are far more serious: hospitalization, lasting complications, and death.  Loss of taste and smell (in the absence of nasal congestion), fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache and runny nose are some of its symptoms similar to what you are currently experiencing. My advice will be for you to go for a Covid test. In the meantime, you should see a doctor who will prescribe some medications for your symptoms until your Covid test is released.

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