COVID-19 vs. Flu Symptoms: How to tell the difference?
As the number of coronavirus cases has increased, people are not only more alert, but also more nervous. In this situation of fear and chaos, flu signs for COVID-19 are likely to be mistaken or vice versa.
What you must know?
If you have mild throat pain or a stuffy nose, you may presume the worst at a time when India battles with the latter wave of coronavirus. That said, all you need to know is to help you distinguish between COVID-19 and flu symptoms.
COVID vs. Flu: Similarities
COVID-19 and flu are both respiratory diseases that can vary in their risk and infection but are almost identically transmitted. Infectious transmission takes the form of droplets, i.e. aerosols, and is transported in the air.
SARS-COV-2 and influenza flu spread via large droplets and lead to infections either through touch or by contaminated surface in the respiratory tract. Recent reports and studies indicate, however, that COVID-19 is prevalent as an airborne disease.
COVID-19 appears to spread more quickly than flu and in some people causes more severe diseases. Due to common signs of flu and COVID-19, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two based alone on the symptoms.
Common symptoms in COVID-19 and flu
Both COVID-19 and influenza are respiratory diseases, but they have many common and diverse symptoms that can vary from mild to extreme. Some of the most common and related symptoms of COVID-19 and flu, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Runny nose
- Loss of sense of smell
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain or body aches
How to differentiate between COVID-19 and flu symptoms?
Although influenza viruses can cause mild to serious diseases that can be treated without hospitalisation, COVID-19 is a dangerous disease that can lead to severe medical problems and can be fatal.
According to CDC, a person with flu will develop symptoms anywhere from 1 to 4 days after infection, while an individual with positive COVID can experience symptoms five days after infection. Symptoms can appear 2 days after infection or 14 days after infection. Symptoms may occur.
That said, there are three key points of difference in the differences between COVID-19 and grip
- Breath shortage is typical to COVID-19, but not to influenza.
- In contrast to coronavirus, loss of smell or taste with flu is very rare.
- Felt sick or nauseous with COVID is more common and less so with flu.
Steps to take if you have COVID-19
One of the surest ways to confirm the disease is to have COVID-19 checked. Until then, isolate yourself and wear a mask that is suitable for the spread of the virus. Wash your hands regularly and clean the sometimes touched surfaces. Continue to monitor your symptoms and seek medical care should your symptoms deteriorate.