Noting the mild winter on the East Coast, Sapi says, “We have a bad year for ticks.”
Hikers, campers and anyone else eager for an escape could “just explode in the countryside. And there may not be the same thoughtful approach “to prevent the report, explains Dr. Sorana Segal-Maurer, director of Dr. James J. Rahal, Newer Infectious Diseases in NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Healthcare.
“I’m a little nervous that their guard may be a little down,” he added.
The outdoor crowds were so large on Memorial Day weekend that parks from Southern California to North Carolina had to close early after the crash.
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an increase in Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, with seven additional germs detected in the United States over the past two decades, while the “lone star” expanded its footprint beyond the southeast to Northern states and the Midwest.
But ignoring key steps that reduce the risk of percussion and vector-borne diseases to focus solely on preventing Covid-19 is a single risk. Another is the possibility of confusing symptoms if you start to feel sick.
Lyme and Covid-19 disease: a history of similar symptoms
The warning signs of tick-borne diseases are “very similar to the severity we’ve seen with Covid-19, which is fever, muscle aches, headaches, severe fatigue,” says Dr. Segal-Maurer.
He believes that a unique difference is that respiratory problems are common in patients with coronary heart disease, but not in those infected with tick-borne diseases. However, even this distinction is debatable.
“Lung involvement, even fatal, has been documented in a series of tick infections,” Dr. Steven Phillips of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation told CNN. “Although severe lung involvement with carrier infections is relatively uncommon, non-specific lung complaints, such as dyspnea, are extremely common.”
Even if you follow the Covid-19 advice, paying attention to the tips to avoid bites is just as important. Dr. Segal-Maurer describes a “realistic” scenario if you are on a crowded hiking trail: “Everyone will push the vegetation … you will be a little far from the road.”
The ticks “hang from the very edge of the blade of grass or leaf or vegetation and have these little accessories that … shake there. So the second one you brush, they stick.”
Last month, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levin has announced an increase in emergency room visits in recent months. “Some symptoms of Lyme disease, such as fever, chills and headache, are similar to the symptoms of COVID-19,” Dr. Levine said in a statement, reiterating what other experts say..
Go out – but responsibly
Dr. Segal-Maurer says health professionals should always ask patients about their travels and other activities. “You have to cover all your bases … we don’t want to be blind.”
Patients, in turn, should also ask about both possibilities.
And when it comes to tick protection, he says, “You have to use DEET. It has to be 30%. You have to keep track of where you’re walking. And then you have to check your body when you go back inside.”
Dr. Phillips prefers Permethrin, which he says is stronger, but “can only be sprayed on clothes, not skin, and should be allowed to dry overnight before wearing it.”
Other tips include wearing hats, light-colored clothing to make it easier to locate the ticks, placing socks over your pants, and choosing long-sleeved shirts to prevent ticks from approaching your skin.
This, of course, is in addition to wearing a mask to combat the spread of corona.
However, even with the extra hassle of a safer summer getaway, Dr. Segal-Mauer encourages people to head out this summer because he believes “it has been so traumatic for several months. I think the wonderful countryside is a very healing place. ”