WATERTOWN — In the era of COVID-19, with the world preoccupied, it can be easy to overlook other more common diseases such as Lyme disease. Because both COVID and Lyme are flu-like and share some similar symptoms, one can easily be mistaken for the other in the beginning stages of the diseases.
“At the beginning, it might not be clear which one is what,” said Marylene J. Duah, MD, of the Infectious Disease department at Samaritan Medical Center. “And now everybody thinks everything’s COVID, so my knee jerk response would be first test for COVID to get it out of the way.”
COVID symptoms differ widely, but the most common indicators are fever, muscle or body aches, headache, shortness of breath, nausea, and vomiting. According to the CDC, symptoms appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. (See link for article)
“I actually saw a patient in the hospital and they tested him twice for COVID,” Dr. Duah said. “He was hospitalized for a week and nobody tested for Lyme, he sounded more Lyme than any COVID symptoms, he had no pulmonary symptoms, and nobody tested him for Lyme until I saw him. Patients and doctors are panicked so much about COVID that it takes over your thinking, COVID has taken over our world.”
And this is a problem. Not everything is COVID.
Notice that they push the anti-viral Remdesivir. Not a surprise. It’s their lucrative baby they want in the forefront, while they refuse to mention inexpensive treatments that are working (The media is complicit in the spinning of the COVID narrative – even regarding drugs and treatements):
And while doxycycline is a great front-line drug for Lyme – many patients are coinfected with other things. Regarding shortness of breath and a cough – this can happen with Lyme/MSIDS as well. Babesia can cause this as well as other coinfections.
Regarding the figure that 20% don’t get the EM rash, I’ve written about before but this graph says it all. The rash is highly variable and if you have it – you HAVE Lyme, but if you don’t have it, you could still have Lyme. Way more than 20% don’t see it: