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Telling the difference between flu and COVID-19

Pandemic problemsAFP
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Pandemic problems
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.
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Symptoms
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.
Taste/smellAgencies
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Taste/smell
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?
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Test, test
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.
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Incubation
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.
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