One sneeze, cough or even the slightest temperature seems like a COVID alarm these days after the second wave of coronavirus. While it is good to be cautious about these symptoms, don't forget this monsoon season can also be responsible for the changes in your body. Monsoons are generally associated with infections and diseases, mainly because of the change in weather, drop in humidity, waterlogging, mosquito breeding, etc.

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In the ongoing pandemic situation, it becomes harder to differentiate between the symptoms of monsoon ailments and COVID-19. Thus, it is important for us to be well educated on these monsoon-related issues to avoid unnecessary panic.

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Some common monsoon-related aliments are Dengue, Malaria, Viral fever, Chikungunya. While COVID-19 is a viral infection associated with coronavirus, whose relation and impacts in monsoon are yet not known. Here we will discuss some common symptoms of these infections.

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Viral Fever

Quite common during monsoon season, a regular viral fever is accompanied by fatigue, muscle and joint pain, weakness, chills, dizziness, sweating, dehydration, weakness, body pain and loss of appetite.

Malaria

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease. Its main symptoms are high fever, diarrhea, excessive body ache, chills, vomiting, and nausea.

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Chikungunya

 A person infected with Chikungunya experiences high fever and chills, along with severe body ache and fatigue, rashes, acute joint pain and pain in the abdomen, back of the eyes, joints, or muscles.

Dengue

Dengue, another mosquito-borne disease comes with high and sudden fever, along with nausea and vomiting, severe body ache, low platelet count, eye pain — typically behind the eyes — muscle, joint, or bone pain, and rashes.

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COVID- 19

It is highly difficult to mention some particular symptoms of COVID as it is different for everyone and with introduction of me variants of coronavirus every now and then makes it difficult to identify COVID. Some common COVID symptoms are  fever, dry cough, rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes, aches and pains, difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath, tiredness, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, diarrhoea, sore throat, chest pain or pressure, loss of speech or movement.

Note: While it is good to be aware of all these ailments, readers are advised to get themselves tested by a medical practitioner a soon as they notice a change in their body. Do not jump to conclusions and taking any medicines without a doctor's prescription.