With the number of DENGUE cases on the rise in many countries and the fourth wave of COVID-19 raging, one person will likely be infected with both at the same time. 


DENGUE and COVID-19 are mild in most people and they beat it at home and the symptoms go away after a few days. 

But there is also a risk of death if both are severe. (BUT don’t worry covid vaccine is available to tackle the pandemic).

Is it DENGUE or is it COVID-19? 

The symptoms of the two diseases are very similar to each other, so people may think of COVID as DENGUE or DENGUE as COVID. 

In both cases, patients experience symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, and a feeling of extreme weakness

That is why it can be difficult to tell if someone is infected with the COVID or has DENGUE fever. 

But some symptoms are different in both diseases. 

If you have difficulty breathing, chest pain, and breathing problems with the above symptoms, these signs may be COVID-19, DENGUE patients do not experience them. 

Similarly, deprivation of the sense of smell and taste is experienced only by patients with COVID-19. 

Conversely, if the initial symptoms of the disease are mild and have a headache, they are more likely to have DENGUE. 

Similarly, if you have digestive symptoms such as nausea and cholera, they are more common in DENGUE patients. 

If more than one person in the household has symptoms, they are more likely to have COVID-19, which is a contagious disease, while DENGUE is not a contagious disease. 

1: Symptoms of DENGUE (mild to moderate severity) 

  • Fever, headache with eye pain, nerve pain, nausea, vomiting, skin rash, lack of white blood cells.
  • Signs of severe severity: abdominal discomfort, constipation, fatigue, enlarged liver, fluid retention. 

2: Symptoms of COVID (mild to moderate severity) 

  • Fever or chills, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches. 
  • Headache, loss of sense of smell or taste, nasal congestion or runny nose, vomiting or nausea, cholera. 

Source: CDC