While North Korea held a lecture on emergency quarantine to residents on Kim Jong-il’s birthday (February 16, propaganda to Gwangmyeong Seongjeol), the distribution data is drawing attention because there is a method to distinguish between the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) and the flu .
Recently, Daily NK obtained a lecture material titled “How to Differentiate a New Coronavirus (Virus) Infectious Disease and a Spinal Cold (Panodemic Flu)”. This document was created to convey common sense to the residents. This document was included in the commentary on the 15th, “Let’s celebrate Gwangmyeong Seongjeol (Kim Jong-il’s birthday) meaningfully by strengthening the emergency quarantine project,” targeting residents of Chongjin and Hoeryeong, North Korea.
The data explained that “there is a certain difference between the symptoms of the new coronavirus infection and the rolling cold,” and “in addition to fever (fever) and coughing, loss of smell and taste is also one of the main symptoms of the new coronavirus infection.”
At the same time, the data emphasized, “Even with a rolling cold, loss of sense of smell or taste can be caused,” and “because there are remarkable differences in the outcome (results) of this disease, it is necessary to differentiate the two diseases well.”
The National Center for Vaccinations and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) of the United States also announced through its website that people with symptoms of loss of taste or smell may be infected with COVID-19. However, since the flu and Corona 19 symptoms are partially similar, it is difficult to distinguish the difference with this alone, and a close examination is recommended.
However, the data only said that individuals should accurately identify symptoms to differentiate between flu and Corona 19, but there was no explanation for the test.
The data said, “Patients with new coronavirus infection who lost their sense of smell generally did not have symptoms of a nosefish (nose congestion) or nose (runny nose),” and “(Corona 19 patients) breathing was relatively smooth, but patients with round cold I have symptoms of nasal water.”
Both flu and Corona 19 are respiratory viral infections, and common symptoms such as runny nose, cough, fever, and chills appear. For this reason, experts point out that it is difficult to distinguish the two diseases with only these symptoms.
The data added, “A patient with a new coronavirus infection whose taste is lost cannot distinguish between bitter taste and sweet taste, but patients with cold cold can distinguish taste.” “If you feel that there is a loss of smell or taste, you can taste dark flavors such as garlic or coffee. You can try it with food with a scent.”
It is common sense, but in the end, it is a story that an individual should identify several symptoms and self-test for an infectious disease, and it seems that North Korea’s response to suspected corona19 patients is not specialized.
On the other hand, in the same data, there was also a content about why tuberculosis should be treated longer than other diseases.
The data emphasized that “TB disease requires active treatment for more than 6 months even with a combination of strong tuberculosis drugs.” In the case of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (TB), it can take up to 1 to 2 years.” did.
The data explained in detail the characteristics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and provided in detail the reason for the long treatment period.
For tuberculosis treatment, it is important to take the prescribed medication accurately at a fixed time for a long period of time. However, due to the collapsed North Korean medical system and lack of awareness of patients, proper treatment is difficult. Accordingly, it seems that the lecture was given to the residents to recognize that tuberculosis is a disease that requires continuous and long-term treatment.
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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