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:
- runny or stuffy nose
- sore throat
- 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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