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Is it Coronavirus (COVID-19) or the Flu?

Symptoms of COVID-19

 

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Is it COVID-19 or the Flu?

Amid all this corona chaos, you feel a tickling in your throat and now have a slight cough. Is it COVID-19 or is it allergies? In practice, the only way to be sure if you have Coronavirus-2019 is to get a test from your healthcare provider.

We’ve put together a list to help you understand if you have the symptoms of the coronavirus or something else. Again, be sure to visit your doctor if you’re ill or feel under the weather.

 

Colds

Colds are common and are caused by bacteria. They typically don’t lead to any serious side effects and often don’t even need a visit to the doctor. Still, it’s best to stay home and rest if you feel unwell so you can recover quickly and so you don’t infect anyone else.

Cold Symptoms

  • Runny Nose (clear mucus)
  • Sneezing
  • Dry Cough
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The Flu (Influenza)

In the United States alone, somewhere between 36 million and 51 million people get the flu each year. Thankfully, we have a vaccine developed each new flu season so make sure you get your flu shot to prevent this illness!

The flu is caused by a virus, namely influenza A or influenza B viruses. Typically, the flu comes around during the winter and spring although it tends to abate in the summer and fall months.

Flu Symptoms

  • Sinus Pressure
  • Runny Nose (yellow or green mucus)
  • Wet Cough
  • Body Aches
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Pneumonia (in serious cases)

 

Cover Your CoughSeasonal Allergies

Roughly 50 million Americans have seasonal allergies. Allergens like grass, pollen, pet dander, and more can cause numerous symptoms that might be confused with other illnesses. The good news is that if you have allergies, there are plenty of over-the-counter medications you can take to help alleviate your symptoms.

Allergy Symptoms

  • Runny Nose (clear mucus)
  • Sneezing
  • Dry Cough

 

COVID-19

Although we are still studying the effects and symptoms of Coronavirus-2019, we know that it can cause a number of issues for people. Indicated by it’s name, the coronavirus is just that — a virus — and can’t be cured by antibiotics. It has many various symptoms, some of which can become life-threatening if left untreated.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Runny Nose (yellow or green mucus)
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Aches and Pains
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Pneumonia (in serious cases)

 

Symptoms Comparison

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