With flu season almost at its peak, it’s important to be aware of the differences between influenza and COVID-19. It can be hard to differentiate since many of the symptoms are similar and easy to confuse. To be more educated on all things influenza and COVID-19 just in case you find yourself with symptoms, continue reading this blog!
Symptoms that COVID-19 and Influenza Share
One reason it can be hard to tell whether you have COVID-19 or the flu is because many of the symptoms are common between the two viruses. Some of these shared symptoms include:
Differences Between COVID-19 and Influenza
|- Symptoms can develop more gradually
|- Symptoms come on suddenly (1-4 days after infection)
|- At least two symptoms are usually present at once
|- Any one common flu system can indicate the virus
|- Unique symptoms including shaking, loss of taste or smell and shortness of breath
|- Unique COVID-19 symptoms are less common
|- Cough is more severe and persistent
|- Cough is normally mild and dry
|- Muscle pain or body aches are mild but common
|- Muscle pain or body aches are often severe
|- Fever lasts 2-7 days
|- Fever lasts 3-4 days
What YOU Can Do
1. Get the Flu Shot
While there isn’t a vaccine currently for COVID-19, there is an annual flu shot you can get. According to the CDC, the flu vaccination prevents tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year. Not only can getting your flu shot prevent you from sickness, but it also protects those around you who are vulnerable like babies, the immunocompromised and elderly individuals.
2. Don’t Ignore Your Symptoms
If you are experiencing any flu or COVID-19 symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately so you can get tested. It’s important that you also keep your distance from others until you get tested and are in the clear to make sure you don't spread either virus to individuals around you.
3. Keep Learning
COVID-19 is still a very recent virus and new information is being discovered every day. There is still a lot that is unknown, so following mandates and recommended safety measures is the smartest choice. Stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 news by using reliable resources, like the CDC.
This winter, we’re experiencing the first time when COVID-19 is in action at the same time as the peak of flu season. While the times are uncertain and sickness is sometimes unavoidable, it’s important to take all precautions and stay as safe as possible. Feel free to contact us with questions or to learn about what kind of services and products we offer.