Experts explain how to differentiate between cold, flu and COVID-19

Amidst the pandemic, it is important to learn how to differentiate between cold, flu and COVID-19


Gone are the days, when people were less worried when their kid or they themselves with cold or a flu. Ever since the year 2020, people’s vision has changed and every fever, cold and flu has to be ruled out to see if it is COVID or just a regular flu episode. While the symptoms remain the same, experts have talked about way to differentiate between, cold, flu and COVID-19.

  1. Observe your temperature – A common cold usually does not always cause a fever. People should also keep in mind that the symptoms of COVID take time to appear, which means that the fever might take a few days to begin. You might begin to feel bad before the fever strikes.
  2. Observe if you are sore or in pain – Make sure that you observe your body for body aches, muscle pain and fatigue. Here it is better to get yourself tested.
  3. How fast are the symptoms appearing  – If you are feeling well today and the very next day you feel like you have been ran over by a truck, then there are chances that it could not be COVID. The symptoms of COVID appear gradually.
  4. Observe if you have nausea – Many people often face issues related to their stomach and can include nausea and vomiting. But this is no common in case of COVID and there are chances that he person might be suffering from influenza.
  5. Observe what kind of cough you have – People who are suffering from a strep or pneumonia or the flu have  cough that produce phlegm while people with COVID tend to have a dry cough.
  6. Observe how long you have been sick – If you have been sick for seven days and have recovered then it probably was a common cold. But if you have been sick for more than ten days, then it is wise to get tested for COVID-19.

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