Dengue and COVID-19 are both viral diseases and symptomize an individual in more or less the same way. While COVID, is caused by a strain of coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 virus, dengue is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which acts as the main vector to transmit the virus onto humans.
While COVID primarily spreads through contaminated surfaces and transmission of respiratory droplets through the air, or from the environment, a person gets infected by dengue when the female Aedes aegypti mosquito leeches on the blood of an individual.
The main reason why dengue and COVID-19 could strike an individual side-by-side is that both these viral infections present similar symptoms- high fever, headache, muscle pain, chills and fatigue. Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and eye infections are also some of the less-common symptoms seen in both COVID and dengue fever patients.
The only difference being is the severity of the symptoms and conditions. While some individuals can have mild or moderate COVID and some suffer from serious life-threatening illnesses, dengue carries the threat and symptoms for all individuals.
Considering that the symptoms are too similar, it can get tricky for doctors and experts to diagnose a patient’s condition properly and provide proper care. Hence, during the times of a double crisis like this, doctors are following individual precaution and mapping the line of treatment accordingly.