Difference Between Flu and CoronaVirus

Difference between flu-vs-coronavirus

Difference Between Flu and CoronaVirus

You may have heard COVID-19 being compared to the flu, a common seasonal respiratory illness. How can you tell the difference between the symptoms of these two infections?

First off, the symptoms of the flu often come on suddenly while COVID-19 symptoms appear to develop more gradually. Common symptoms of the flu include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • fatigue
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • body aches and pains
  • vomiting or diarrhea

As you can see, there’s some overlap in symptoms between COVID-19 and the flu, such as cough, fever, and fatigue. However, it’s important to note that many common symptoms of the flu are observed less often in cases of COVID-19.

 

The WHO also notes the following differences between the two:

  • The flu has a shorter incubation period than that of COVID-19.
  • Transmitting the virus prior to developing symptoms drives many influenza infections but doesn’t appear to play as much of a role for COVID-19.
  • The percentage of people who develop serious symptoms or complications appears higher for COVID-19 than for the flu.
  • COVID-19 appears to impact children with less frequency than the flu does.
  • There’s currently no vaccine or antivirals available for COVID-19. However, interventions are available for the flu.

 Guidance on  Self-quarantine

Isolation and quarantine are used to protect the public by preventing exposure to infected persons or to persons who may be infected.

Keeping spirits up while in self-quarantine
Being under quarantine can be frightening, particularly for young children. Suggestions include:

  • Speak to family members about the infection. Understanding novel coronavirus will reduce anxiety.
  • Keep up a normal daily routine as much as possible.
  • Reassure yourself that you will cope with this situation too. Remember that quarantine won’t last for long.
  • Keep in touch with family members and friends via telephone, email or social media.
  • Exercise regularly. Options could include exercise DVDs, dancing, floor exercises, yoga, walking around the backyard or using home exercise equipment, such as a stationary bicycle, if you have it. Exercise is a proven treatment for stress and depression.

Reducing boredom while in self-quarantine

Being confined to home for an extended period of time can cause boredom, stress, and conflict. Suggestions include:

  • Arrange with your employer to work from home, if possible.
  • Ask your child’s school to supply assignments, worksheets, and homework by post or email.
  • Don’t trust television and technology too heavily. Treat Quarantine to anything like board games, art, drawing or reading, which you usually never need time to do.

 

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