COVID or Just a Flu? Here’s How to Tell the Difference

COVID or Just a Flu? Here’s How to Tell the Difference
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Surely from time to time, any person has to deal with flu-like symptoms: headaches, fatigue, body aches, runny nose, a fever, and so on. While those symptoms can signal the presence of either COVID or flu, it’s time to learn how to tell the difference.

You may be barking up the wrong tree if the first thing you do when you develop such symptoms is to head over to the pharmacy and start spending money on drugs. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic is still not over, and it could even come back with improved forces this winter, meaning new variants of the coronavirus. Flu will also be around as well, which means double trouble for most of us. So how can we say for sure if we’ve been infected with COVID or just the flu? Let’s find out!

First, you should self-isolate

Protecting your loved ones and other people around you is a ‘must’ when you start feeling sick. The advice comes from Brian Labus, Ph.D., MPH, REHS, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Nevada. He told Men’s Health:

The first thing you should do when you get sick with any type of illness is to stay away from other people,

He also added, as the same publication quotes:

We got good at this during Covid, and we should continue this behavior as other types of respiratory diseases spread,

If you have to go out, wear a mask to help protect others.

Getting tested for COVID is the key

If you’re dealing with symptoms that make you confused about figuring out if it’s COVID or just flu, you should go test yourself for the coronavirus. Evelyn Darius, M.D., who’s a physician with PlushCare., is the expert bringing this advice. 

The same doctor adds that you should go to the hospital if you manifest any of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Weakness
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Lips or nail beds
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Sudden dizziness or confusion
  • Fainting
  • Inability to stay awake
  • Pale gray or blue-colored skin

The doctor added that such symptoms could even be life-threatening.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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