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How to spot the difference: COVID-19 or Flu?

Health • by Paul de Beyer • 17 June 2020
Learn to spot the differences between COVID-19 and regular flu.
The best way to protect yourself is to know what to look for, especially as we enter the winter flu season. 

There are distinct similarities between normal influenza and COVID-19, especially in the early stages of both diseases. 

These similarities include:

These symptoms can vary from very mild to quite severe, depending on your immune system. As both diseases develop, they can both ultimately result in pneumonia and severe respiratory distress.

How do I tell them apart? The differences between COVID-19 and the flu.

With all the similarities between COVID-19 and flu, it can be very difficult to tell them apart. The major difference between the two is that COVID-19, more often than not but not always, commonly presents with a shortness of breath.

The greater issue with COVID-19 is that it spreads very easily. Many carriers can be almost entirely symptom free and still spread the disease without realising it. Ensuring that you wear a mask at all times when in public and keeping high-alcohol-based hand sanitiser with you at all times will help curb the spread. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water as often as you can, especially if you’ve been in a public space.

Looking for more Covid-19-related information? 

Click here, for our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dos and Don’ts infographic.

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