How to Compare the Symptoms of COVID-19 and Flu

Coronavirus has wrought havoc. We suggest you fight the coronavirus fear by keeping yourself updated with accurate information and facts. 

Today’s article is on how to tell the difference between the symptoms of coronavirus and flu.

Research on coronavirus so far suggests that not only it spreads easily but also have a higher death rate in comparison to seasonal flu. Seasonal flu kills about 0.1 percent of active patients, whereas COVID-19 illness proves deadly in around 3.5 percent confirmed cases.

Thus, it is essential to know the difference between COVID 19 and flu so that you reach for medical intervention before it is too late.

Based on the information available today, below is the chart comparing the symptoms between novel corona virus, cold, allergies and flu.

Flu viruses (influenza A and influenza B viruses) and COVID-19 are contagious viruses causing respiratory illnesses. The symptoms of coronavirus, flu, common cold and seasonal allergies may appear similar, but there are significant differences.
The overlapping symptom includes dry cough, sore throat, and fatigue. Thus it has become challenging for the doctors to diagnose COVID-19.
Let us learn in detail how COVID-19 is different from the flu.

The incubation period – It is the time between the initial infection and onset of the symptoms.
Flu – The incubation period for flu ranges between 1 to 4 days.
Covid-19 – The incubation period for 19 ranges between 2 to 14 days and is longer in comparison to common flu.

Let us now have a look over the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 more closely.

Symptoms of COVID-19 – The common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath. The cough is dry and persistent that leaves you short of breath. Besides, other common symptoms experienced by some patients include headache, muscle pain, and ache, loss of sense of taste and smell, stuffy or runny nose, chill, sore throat, nausea, or diarrhea.
The upper respiratory symptoms, such as sinus congestion or running nose, is uncommon in COVID-19. The severity of the symptoms of COVID-19 ranges from mild to severe.
Also, it has been observed that some patients of COVID-19 may not show any symptoms or may experience very mild symptoms.

Symptoms of flu – Seasonal flu is a widespread respiratory infection that affects nose throat and lungs. Patients with flu have a fever. In children with flu, the digestive system symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting are more common. The other symptoms of flu also include a usually dry cough, body aches and pain, and fatigue.
The symptoms of flu last for 5-7 days. Most of the people with flu get well even without any medical intervention. There are flu shots available to prevent the flu. Sometimes a patient with flu may suffer from a sore throat or stuffy or runny nose.

Symptoms of a common cold – In comparison to COVID-19 and flu, the symptoms of a common cold is generally mild. The symptoms include cough, stuffy or running nose, watery eyes, a sore throat, sneezing, aches, and pain. Sometimes there is fatigue. Headache is rare. The symptoms of a common cold typically last for 7 to 10 days.

Coronavirus primarily affects the Lungs of the patient. Rarely there is running nose and sneezing is absent. If you have a running nose or you are sneezing, it is unlikely that you are suffering from COVID-19.
Flu is more likely to come with pains and aches. Shortness of breath is not associated with flu, common cold, or allergies.

Please note that research on corona virus is ongoing. The full list of the symptom of COVID-19 may continue to evolve.