The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says people who may have contracted malaria during the holiday season may have trouble distinguishing between malaria and Covid-19 as they share similar symptoms.
The Institute says malaria requires immediate medical intervention because it poses an immediate threat compared to Covid-19.
“If you have traveled to a malaria-endemic area and you feeling ill it is important to understand the differences between malaria and Covid-19 as they share symptoms. Malaria can pose a more immediate threat than Covid-19, so it is important to seek immediate medical attention,” the institute said.
Thohoyandou, Musina and Giyani in Limpopo are some of them from moderate risk areas SAs for malaria. The institute recommends antimalarial medication for all travelers from September to May.
Similar symptoms that people with malaria and Covid-19 may experience include fever, chills, fatigue, headache, and Muscle and joint pain.
How to distinguish malaria from Covid-19:
- Malaria is caused by mosquitoes transmitted and Covid-19 is transmitted between people by respiratory droplets;
- The onset of symptoms of Covid-19 typically develops within five days of infection, but can begin as early as two days show days or as late as 10 days after infection. Conversely, malaria symptoms appear 10 days after infection. A person can feel sick as early as seven days after infection or even a year later; and
- Covid-19 symptoms include cough, loss of taste and smell, and sore throat, while early malaria symptoms typically include fever, chills, and headache.