While flu symptoms could be the first sign of COVID-19, health officials are warning that there is also an increase of dengue cases that could be confused for COVID-19. Dr. Marvin Manzanero spoke of this earlier today on the Ministry of Health’s webcast.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Every patient is different. I really don’t want to be caught up saying what is a normal flu symptom because there is even little graphs that suggest what is more predominant in COVID-19 versus what is more predominant in a flu case but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a mixture of both; you could just have body ache and a low grade fever as the first initial symptoms. Cautious also to the fact that you could have Dengue because I know that neighboring Honduras is having an issue in terms of having increase in number of Dengue cases and COVID-19 so that initially they could have mirror-like symptoms if you will if you only have body aches and fever. So that’s where we need to be a little bit cautious in that regard.”
In Singapore there are currently more than 4,000 people infected with dengue fever, double the number of cases reported for the same period last year.