Cold, flu or COVID-19, what are you up to?

While the common cold, flu, and Covid-19 are caused by different viruses, they may have common symptoms. How do we distinguish between the three diseases?

With winter approaching, the Common cold and seasonal flu It should appear soon. Only, they add extra difficulty at these times Corona virus pandemic How do you separate COVID-19 patients? Itchy throatCough, diarrhea … The clinical signs of the three conditions can sometimes be very similar.

While it is really difficult to distinguish between the two, the British public health system ( National Health Service) produced a A guide to her most common appearancesrelayed by T.WatchmanTo help people know if they should isolate themselves and get tested. The order in which your symptoms appear should also guide you.

The most common symptoms of Covid-19

The Symptoms of Covid-19 can be from varying intensity :

  • fever (temperature above 37.8 ° C);
  • persistent cough (usually dry);
  • Loss of taste and/or smell.

Patients may also experience fatigue, body aches, sore throat, headache, and shortness of breath. Diarrhea and a runny nose are less common.

Most common cold symptoms

The Symptoms of the common cold usually appear gradually. Here are the symptoms:

  • sneezing
  • body aches ;
  • Runny/stuffy nose.
  • Sore throat.

If a slight cough or fatigue occurs, fever or headache is rare.

Most common flu symptoms

The flu symptoms appear instead quickly. Among them:

  • fever ;
  • fatigue;
  • dry cough
  • body aches ;
  • headache;

Patients may also have a runny/stuffy nose, sore throat, and chills, but not experience sneezing or shortness of breath.

Cold, flu or COVID-19: What illness do you have?

Some symptoms are more specific than others and their combination can make it possible to distinguish between these three diseases. Find out, according to your symptoms, which illness you have between colds, flu and Covid-19:

  • you sneeze : If there are no other symptoms, it is likely a cold. Do not forget To do this at your facility Or in a disposable napkin so germs don’t spread. Wash your hands regularly.
  • You have a stuffy/runny nose : It’s probably a cold, but if you notice a Loss of sense of taste or smell, the diagnosis is more oriented towards Covid-19. Get the test and while you wait for the test results, stay secluded.
  • you have a fever : If it is somewhat rarer in the case of colds and more frequent in the case of influenza, it is one of the main symptoms of Covid-19. In the case of influenza or Covid-19, fever often accompanies a headache. It is recommended that the test be done.
  • you cough : A persistent cough – bothersome for more than an hour or three coughing bouts in 24 hours – is the symptom. Most common from Covid-19. In the event of more serious respiratory problems, do not hesitate to contact your doctor.
  • Your health is deteriorating : If you have any concerns, don’t delay in getting help.

and for Avoid pollution of any kindAnd the Respect the barrier gestures (hand washing, social distancing, wearing a mask).

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