A lot of people test positive for typhoid while ailing from coronavirus. Know how it can be caused and prevented.
Coronavirus is at its peak with thousands of fresh cases are being reported daily. Several states of the country have imposed lockdown and others are gearing up to follow the same. But complications don’t seem to be subsiding as every day we get to know about some new symptom of COVID-19 that complicates the situation. In the same context, a lot of people are getting typhoid along with covid or post-covid. Besides, having the same set of symptoms, people often confuse between typhoid fever and coronavirus. Here is everything that you should know.
Typhoid and COVID-19
If you have a fever, weakness, dry cough, muscle ache, constipation or diarrhoea, what do you think you might be suffering from? In the current scenario, these are prominent symptoms of coronavirus and one would think that he/she has gotten down with this fatal viral infection. None of us would think about other health issues such as typhoid that also exhibit similar signs & symptoms. It becomes difficult to differentiate between the two. Also, it is seen that people with coronavirus get typhoid. This is because the infection aggravates due to various reasons and increases the risk of typhoid. This may weaken the immunity of the person and cause further troubles. Thus, it is necessary to learn about the link between coronavirus and typhoid. Also, how to prevent typhoid with coronavirus infection.
How is typhoid caused?
We all know that coronavirus is caused when the virus enters the body. It attacks the immune system and the person encounters fever, cold, cough, flu, loss of smell and taste, to name but a few. Typhoid, on the other hand, is caused when salmonella typhi bacteria enter the body. The symptoms don’t become prominent soon after as it takes about one to two weeks for the symptoms to show after the bacteria enters the body. Typhoid enters the bloodstream and affects intestinal health. One can get typhoid due to consuming unhygienic food, drinking contaminated water and poor hygiene. Your dirty hands may carry germs that enter your body when you eat or drink anything without washing your hands. This leads to typhoid, food poisoning and other stomach infections.
Typhoid with coronavirus
It is possible that someone who has coronavirus may also get typhoid. A lot of cases have been identified where a person has both covid-19 and typhoid. Since both of these infections are linked to viruses and bacteria that enter the bloodstream and impair the system. Coronavirus impairs the immune system and thus, the body becomes susceptible to other infections including typhoid. There is no direct link between typhoid and coronavirus. Coronavirus can also trigger other health conditions as it affects blood vessels and respiratory organs.
If you don’t want to suffer from either of these diseases, you should take preventive measures to stay safe. Here are some of them:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Alternatively, if you can’t do handwash, sanitise your hands at regular intervals.
- Avoid outside food and beverages that are sold in open. They are potential carriers of germs, bacteria and viruses.
- Consume immunity-boosting foods to strengthen your immune system.
- Maintain personal hygiene and keep your surroundings clean.
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