Telling the difference between flu and COVID-19
With the coronavirus in full swing, healthcare systems across the world are swamped just as flu season approaches, bringing with it fears of a second wave and the threat of double damage.
The symptoms for both COVID-19 and the flu are similar - body aches, sore throat, fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue and headaches - but there are miniscule differences that professionals can spot.
One COVID-19 symptom that does not match flu is the loss of smell and taste, however, it's not a reliable marker as it’s not a symptom that always occurs, so how do you tell?
Testing is the easiest way out of the dilemma, at the onset of symptoms get tested, if it’s COVID-19, quarantine else it’s flu and the doctor will most probably set you up with some medicines to take care of it.
The primary differentiating factor between the two ailments is the incubation period - 14 days for COVID-19, a week for the flu - however, the coronavirus is more likely to spread as it’s more contagious.