Malaria and Covid-19, Differences, and Similarities.

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Malaria and Covid-19, Differences, and Similarities. 1

Before the outbreak of the threaded global pandemic, Coronavirus also known as Covid-19 that has claimed many lives all around the world and still claiming lives, there has been the existence of Malaria fever, According to  Gbchealth research Malaria is a widespread endemic disease that causes illness in approximately 230 million people and kills approximately 430,000 people each year. Between 2000 and 2014, the number of malaria-related deaths fell by 40% worldwide, from an estimated 743,000 to 446,000 but the emergence of Covid-19 has silence our fear for Malaria which has been for ages.

Malaria and Covid-19, Differences, and Similarities. 2

This is because everyone has prioritized Covid-19 more than the ever deadly Malaria fever that has been claiming lives most especially in our African countries since we were born till now and still claiming lives. Each time I pounder on both, the question that usually comes to my mind is, is Malaria more deadly than Covid-19? Or Covid-19 is more deadly than Malaria? To find answers to this question, let’s put some known facts into consideration, the similarities and the differences, mode of transmission, symptoms, possible treatment, and preventive measures.

The similarities.

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Patients suffering from either Malaria or Covid-19 may experience these symptoms:

  1. Both of them has Feverish condition as a common symptom.
  2. Headache.
  3. Increased body temperature.
  4. Fatigue
  5. Chills
  6. General body weakness
  7. Loss of taste
  8. Running nose

Differences:

  1. While Malaria is caused by a plasmodium parasite which is normally transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes bite According to WHO why Covid-19 was caused by a virus.
  2. Covid-19 patients experience a dry cough of why Malaria patients may experience little or no cough at all.
  3. Covid-19 virus target at the lungs.
  4. Malaria cannot be transmitted from human to human through droplets from the openings of its victim to the next closest individual why Covid-19 does.

Preventive measure for Malaria according to WHO

  1. Be Aware of the risk, the incubation period, the possibility of delayed onset, and the main symptoms.
  2. Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, especially between dusk and dawn.
  3. Take antimalarial drugs (Chemoprophylaxis) when appropriate, to prevent infection from developing into clinical disease.
  4. Immediately seek Diagnosis and treatment if a fever develops 1 week or more after entering an area where there is a malaria risk and up to 3 months (or, rarely, later) after departure from a risk area.

Preventive measure for Malaria according to WHO

  1. Keep a safe distance of 1 to 2 meters from victim
  2. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds every time
  3. Wear a nose mask.
  4. Avoid crowded places

Treatment:

When you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, whether that of Malaria or Covid-19 do NOT take to self-medication, consult the services of a known professional in the medical field for further advice and treatment.

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  • 15th July 2020 at 8:24 pm
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    A few more days and I was taken by ambulance, delirious, to Dundee hospital. I had malaria (my heart turned out to be fine) – the bad kind, the “brain kind,” (cerebral malaria). I remembered the diagnosis, remembered snippets from what I had heard from people in Senegal about the different types and forms of the disease.

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    • 15th July 2020 at 9:57 pm
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      Always visit a professional whenever you notice symptom.

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