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Fever? Is it Flu or COVID?

With the danger of COVID-19 looming above, every time you have fever or cough, there is a terror in the mind that whether it’s normal coronavirus vs flu? This video guides you to differentiate between the two to keep yourself safe and tension free.

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

Signs and Symptoms

Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms.

Watch the video to know more –

Similarity in Flu and Corona virus symptoms

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

Differences in Symptoms

  • Flu

Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, including common signs and symptoms listed earlier. Some has flu symptoms no fever but sweating.

  • COVID-19

    COVID-19 seems to cause more serious illnesses in some people. Other signs and symptoms of COVID-19, different from flu, may include a change or loss of taste or smell.

How long symptoms appear after exposure and infection – flu vs coronavirus?

  • Flu

Typically, a person develops symptoms anywhere from 1 to 4 days after infection.

  • COVID-19

Typically, a person develops symptoms 5 days after being infected, but symptoms can appear as early as 2 days after infection or as late as 14 days after infection, and the time range can vary.

How long someone can spread the virus

  • Flu

Older children and adults with flu appear to be most contagious during the initial 3-4 days of their illness but many remain contagious for about 7 days as well.

  • COVID-19

It’s possible for people to spread the virus 2 days before experiencing signs or symptoms and remain contagious for at least 10 days.


  • Flu

There are multiple FDA-licensed influenza vaccines produced annually to protect against the 3 or 4 types of flu viruses that scientists anticipate will circulate each year.

  • COVID-19

Currently there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Vaccine developers, researchers, and manufacturers are expediting the development of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

Whether it is a flu or a case of Coronavirus, you need to be cautious and take necessary precautions so that the virus doesn’t affect you in the long term. Check whether antiviral mouthwash help fight corona.

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Aurora Chowdhury
Aurora Chowdhury is a Business Psychology Graduate from Kingston University, London. She has expertise in domains like Business Psychology, Management, Strategic Management, and Business Strategy. She has a growth mindset and strongly believes in perseverance. She regularly writes for various websites and also conducts counselling sessions.

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