With our attention already focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, now we also have to think about flu season. Getting your annual flu shot is more important than ever this year. But, if you find yourself experiencing any flu-like symptoms, you may wonder how to differentiate signs of seasonal flu from COVID-19. This side-by-side comparison shows how similar they are. But, it also highlights that shortness of breath or new loss of taste or smell are key COVID-19 symptoms to watch out for. Letting symptoms go for too long could result in serious complications, or even lead to death. If you’re concerned that you may have symptoms of either virus, make an appointment today.
It’s important to note that the flu can cause mild to severe illness and usually comes on suddenly. COVID-19 can also range from mild to severe illness, but symptoms typically appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
|Fever or feeling feverish/chills||YES*||YES|
|Runny or stuffy nose||YES*||YES|
|Muscle or body aches||YES||YES|
|Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea||YES**||YES|
|Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing||NO||YES|
|New loss of taste or smell||NO||YES|
**More common in children than adults
Other possible symptoms of COVID-19 exist. Review the most current CDC information at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm