This country’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Simone Keizer Beache, while appearing as a guest on VC3’s Roundtable Talk, discussed the differences and similarities between Dengue fever and COVID-19.
“The thing that we are realizing more and more about covid, is that covid has many vague symptoms. So you might get a cough, Dengue typically you don’t have a cough.
You might get a low grade fever with covid, whereas Dengue tends to be a much higher fever.
You might get tiredness more with the covid, the tiredness, the fatigue, the weakness. Dengue is more associated with dizziness, that is because of the dehydration.”
The CMO said that even with those similarities, there are still some significant differences between the two.
“There are those similarities, but there can still be a differentiation if you really go into the history and you really focus in on the fever, the pattern of the fever, the presence or absence of a cough or rash. Covid typically doesn’t have the rash that Dengue has. The covid rash is more of a rash of the palms and the feet. So the symptoms are not that similar.”
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is currently in the midst of a Dengue Fever outbreak that has seen 655 laboratory confirmed cases and 6 deaths as of the latest release from the Ministry of Health.
According to the Ministry of Health’s latest COVID-19 update dashboard, there are currently zero active cases of COVID-19 in SVG, a total of 64 confirmed cases of the virus have been recorded, all of which have made full recoveries, giving St. Vincent and the Grenadines a 100% COVID-19 recovery rate.