Although both coronavirus and tuberculosis spread through respiratory droplets containing bacteria, their incubation period is different. The incubation period for coronavirus is between two to 14 days. Also, asymptomatic covid-19 patients can spread the disease. On the other hand, the incubation period for tuberculosis is between two to 12 weeks. But people with no symptoms and latent tuberculosis cannot spread the infection among healthy people.
The Global TB Report (2021) has shown that the covid-19 pandemic has reversed the progress made in tackling tuberculosis. This report by the World Health Organization states, “In 2020, more people died from TB, with far fewer people being diagnosed and treated or provided with TB preventive treatment compared with 2019, and overall spending on essential TB services falling”. Another (2021) study has suggested that tuberculosis patients with coronavirus are more likely to suffer a severe prognosis or death than only COVID-19 patients.
In conclusion, both tuberculosis and coronavirus can become deadly if remain undiagnosed or not treated at the initial stages. Also, people with tuberculosis are not likely to get coronavirus but have a higher chance of complications from coronavirus.
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