What Are the Differences Between COVID-19 and the Flu?

The flu and COVID-19 are both respiratory illnesses, but they’re totally different. The flu is caused by an infection with influenza viruses, and COVID-19 is caused by an infection with a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.

But what does this all mean and how are we supposed to know which virus that we’re sick with if we do fall ill? Our AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. team has some answers, so read on.

What Are the Similarities Between COVID-19 and the Flu?

In addition to both viruses being respiratory illnesses, both viruses are transmitted by contact, droplets and fomites, which are objects that are likely to carry infection, such as clothes, furniture, etc.

As a result, the same public health measures, such as hand hygiene and coughing into your elbow or tissue, are important actions everyone can take to prevent infection. We’ve listed some more health-safety measures to observe below.

Important Health-Safety Precautions

  • Wear a mask in public.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay socially distant from others who don’t live in your home.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t readily available.

How Can I Tell Which Virus I Have?

If you start feeling under the weather and experiencing any of the symptoms that we’ve listed below, it’s important to get a COVID-19 test first. Since the symptoms of the coronavirus and the flu are so similar, the best way to tell which one you have is by getting tested for the coronavirus. If you test negative, it’s likely that you have the flu, but you should get a flu test just to make sure.

Also, if you don’t have access to a COVID-19 test, experts say that some of the tell-tale signs of COVID-19 are a loss of taste or smell and shortness of breath.

Common Symptoms of COVID-19 and the Flu

  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever or chills
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Frequent headaches

We are passionate about your health, so don’t hesitate to visit our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. if you have any questions or general medical concerns!



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