Flu season has officially arrived, which means more and more people will be left wondering if their symptoms are the result of seasonal flu or COVID-19. Unfortunately, no internet article can provide a definitive answer—only a medical professional can administer appropriate testing and diagnose your symptoms with certainty.
With that said, there are a few key differences between flu and COVID-19 symptoms that may give you a better idea of what’s behind your illness.
Is It the Flu or Coronavirus?
The flu and COVID-19 are both highly contagious infections that are caused by viruses—the flu by influenza viruses A and B, and COVID-19 by SARS-CoV-2. Both can produce similar symptoms, which may include:
Fever and chills
Muscle and body aches
Shortness of breath
Reduced sense of taste or smell is another common symptom of COVID-19. However, it is not associated with the flu. If you feel sick and suddenly find it difficult to taste food or smell your favorite lotions or body washes, COVID-19 may be to blame.
Another factor to consider is the intensity of your symptoms. Many cases of COVID-19 are very mild. The flu, on the other hand, is usually associated with several days of disruptive symptoms and fatigue that may linger for weeks.
Your Next Step
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, your next step should be to contact Affinity Urgent Care. Our fully equipped centers in La Marque, Alvin, and Galveston, Texas, offer telemedicine services as well as rapid COVID-19 and flu testing. Contact our friendly team today to learn more.
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