Story by: Norton Healthcare on November 22, 2022
COVID-19 and the seasonal flu have some of the same signs and can range from no symptoms to severe illness.
Both infections can cause:
Getting your flu shot provides some protection for about six months, so early in the season is best. But it’s never too late.
One frequent symptom of COVID-19 that doesn’t come with flu is a newly lost sense of taste or smell.
Emergency warning signs of infection from the coronavirus include:
With either illness, contact a health care provider with any severe or troubling symptoms.
It can be difficult to tell based solely on symptoms whether an illness is COVID-19 or flu. Confirmation of either would have to come from a nasal swab test.
The common cold typically comes with a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat and body aches. Fever is not a common cold symptom, and while fever often accompanies flu, it doesn’t always.
Anyone can get sick from the coronavirus or the flu — or both. Serious complications from these viruses can happen at any age.
Those who are older and those with severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious illness with COVID-19.
Similarly, the flu can strike anyone. As with COVID-19, anyone over 65 and people of any age with certain chronic conditions such heart or lung disease, diabetes, or asthma are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications. Flu can hit pregnant women and children under age 5 particularly hard. Kids younger than 2 years old are especially at risk.
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