Flu vs. COVID-19: What’s the Difference? – Nowadays, the second you build up a little cough or start feel marginally sick, your mind may go promptly to COVID-19.
Yet, COVID-19, the sickness brought about by the coronavirus, has manifestations that are like other basic viral diseases, including seasonal influenza. In this way, in the event that you don’t have quick admittance to an flu or COVID-19 test, it tends to be difficult to tell by your manifestations alone whether you may have it.
In spite of the fact that both COVID-19 and influenza can both cause you to feel terrible, they’re various sicknesses brought about by various infections. Here’s a glance at a portion of their key similarities and differences.
What they are + how they spread
This season’s virus has been around for a long time, and we’re mindful of the two kinds of flu infections (A and B) that cause flare-ups throughout the winter months, says infectious disease specialist Kristin Englund, MD.
Nonetheless, SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is a fresh out of the box new infection. “This is something none of us has ever seen before, so no one has any immunity against it,” Dr. Englund clarifies. “That’s why it’s been able to spread worldwide so rapidly — because no one is protected at this point.”
There’s additionally no antibody to secure against COVID-19 like there is for seasonal influenza.
Flu viruses and coronaviruses are passed from individual to individual in comparable manners — through droplets that emerge from somebody’s nose and mouth when they hack, sniffle or talk. At the point when someone else breathes in these droplets, that individual can get contaminated. It may likewise be feasible for somebody to get tainted by contacting a surface that is sullied with the infection and afterward contacting their mouth, nose or eyes.
The two sorts of infections can be spread by somebody who’s infected before they even create side effects. Notwithstanding, the CDC noticed that COVID-19 is more infectious in specific populaces than flu.
“What we’re seeing with COVID-19 is these ‘super-spreading’ events where someone goes to a meeting or a party, and they have COVID-19 but don’t necessarily have symptoms, yet they are spreading the virus to many people around them at that time,” Dr. Englund says.
It’s possible to be infected with both infections simultaneously — yet Dr. Englund says this isn’t common.
What are the indications?
As per the CDC, both COVID-19 and influenza can prompt a scope of gentle to extreme ailments. The two of them may cause:
- Shortness of breath.
- Sore throat.
- Runny or stuffy nose.
- Body aches.
- Cerebral pain.
A few people with COVID-19 additionally create different indications. We’re seeing more diarrheal illness, or nausea and vomiting, in patients with COVID-19,” Dr. Englund says. “Patients are also complaining of loss of sense of smell or taste, difficulty concentrating and confusion. COVID-19 seems to be impacting almost every organ system in the body.”
In the event that you have these symptoms, the main activity is call your PCP’s office. They may guide you to the emergency room, their office or online for a virtual visit, or give you guidelines for getting tried for flu or COVID-19.
In the event that you have extreme manifestations, for example, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness or a serious cerebral pain, go to the closest crisis division or dial 911.
How long do seasonal influenza and COVID-19 last?
Ordinarily, influenza manifestations stay for four or five days — perhaps as long as seven days, Dr. Englund says, while COVID-19 may last 10 days or longer. It’s essential to remain at home on the off chance that you feel sick so you don’t chance spreading influenza or COVID-19 to other people.
A great many people with either ailment can recoup at home with rest, liquids and over-the-counter prescriptions for fever or body throbs. Yet, at times, the two of them can bring about complexities, for example, pneumonia, intense respiratory pain disorder, and aggravation of the heart, mind or muscle tissue. These intricacies are bound to influence more established grown-ups and individuals with basic ailments.
There are likewise some extra difficulties related with COVID-19, including blood clusters and multisystem fiery condition in kids. It’s essential to screen your side effects and keep in contact with your primary care physician on the off chance that you become ill.
Avoidance is key for both
The most ideal approach to abstain from getting or spreading COVID-19 or this season’s virus is to rehearse healthy habits, including:
- Washing your hands habitually.
- Abstaining from contacting your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Keeping away from close contact with individuals who are sick.
- Cleaning as often as possible contacted surfaces.
- Hacking and sniffling into your sleeve or a tissue rather than your hands.
- Remaining at home when you’re sick.
The CDC additionally suggests wearing a material face covering in public during the pandemic.
These straightforward advances can have a major effect in keeping you solid and checking the spread of COVID-19 and this season’s virus.