May 13, 2021
Acute respiratory infections are one of the main causes of death in the world, causing the death of about four million people a year, with children and the elderly being the most affected. Dr. Miguel Tsukayama, pulmonologist of Clinica Ricardo Palma, comments that the respiratory function test, available in our pulmonology service, is the most complete in the country and is very helpful to evaluate the proper functioning of the lungs, measuring their size and air flow. On the other hand, he emphasizes that respiratory diseases tend to occur mostly during seasonal changes and that at present special attention should be paid to three of them: colds, influenza (flu) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) caused by COVID-19. He also explains how they are spread and how they can be differentiated.
How are they spread?
Cold, influenza and coronavirus viruses can spread:
What is the difference?
Contagion can be prevented with these four key points:
It is difficult to differentiate between cold, flu or COVID-19. Therefore, it is recommended to consult a specialist when any of these symptoms appear.
Dr. Miguel Tsukayama
Pulmonologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma