Covid-19 or flu, How to know the difference?
With winter approaching, the world is entering the traditional seasons for colds and flu, but with Covid-19 spearing everywhere it may be hard to tell which virus we may have. In this article, we will review each virus symptom, in order to make it as easy as possible to differentiate which virus we may be carrying.
The NHS has produced online Covid-19 advice and a guide to differentiate between the two types of illnesses, which health experts hope will make it clearer to people whether they have an illness they would have most likely brushed aside last year, but which this year might lead them to think they need to self-isolate or seek to have a coronavirus test.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus or Covid-19 are:
- High fever– a temperature of 37.8C+ –
- a new persistent cough (usually dry) for more than an hour or three or more coughing fits or “episodes” in 24 hours.
- a loss of their sense of taste and/or smell.
Patients may also sometimes suffer from fatigue, aches and pains, sore throat, headaches, and shortness of breath. While diarrhea and a runny or stuffy nose are rare.
Flu most commonly consists of fever, fatigue, a dry cough, aches and pains, and headaches. Patients will sometimes experience a runny or stuffy nose or a sore throat. Diarrhea can sometimes occur in children. There is usually no sneezing with flu, but severe shortness of breath can develop, and the NHS notes there is usually a rapid onset of symptoms.
However, people with coronavirus have a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, although some will have none at all, but can still be infectious. But feeling breathless can be a sign of more serious coronavirus infection.
While symptoms may appear up to two weeks after exposure to coronavirus, but usually around day five.
So, if you felt of any of these symptoms it is advised to an immediate self-isolate and do not delay getting help if you’re worried. Trust your instincts.