Video: Lyme disease could be mistaken for coronavirus

July 24, 2020

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Flu-like symptoms that could be the result of a tick-transmitted disease also mimic COVID-19 symptoms, says University of Richmond biology professor Jory Brinkerhoff, a disease ecologist and expert on ticks. In this video, Brinkerhoff discusses his research on ticks and making connections across disciplines.

In an article for The Conversation, Brinkerhoff wrote: "Symptoms of Lyme disease — fever, head and body aches and fatigue ... can be easily confused with other illnesses, including COVID-19. This can make it more difficult to diagnose a patient who did not notice a rash or was unaware that they ever had a tick bite. As a result, Lyme disease cases can be misdiagnosed. Nationally, Lyme disease may be undercounted to the point that only one in 10 cases is reported to the CDC."

Note: The interviews and footage secured for this this video were shot adhering to social-distancing and additional COVID-19-related safety guidelines. Footage recorded prior to March 2020 is also included.