COVID? Flu? Allergies? What’s the Difference?

COVID? Flu? Allergies? What's the Difference?

( – One of the most considerable difficulties associated with successfully identifying the COVID-19 virus is that it closely resembles other, less harmful illnesses, like the flu virus or the common cold. If people have coughs, sore throats, or fevers, how are they supposed to know whether it’s the dreaded coronavirus or something less serious?

Different variants of COVID-19 cause different symptoms in patients. However, coughing, fatigue, and fever are common in many cases of the virus. Loss of taste and smell is perhaps the most recognizable symptom of COVID-19, which does not generally occur in cases of flu, allergies, or the common cold. Also, shortness of breath is a typical COVID-19 symptom not usually occurring with the other conditions.

Aside from the loss of taste and smell, the flu causes most of the same symptoms as COVID-19. However, the flu virus has seemingly become much less prevalent since the beginning of the pandemic, so if people have flu symptoms, it could be COVID-19.

Note also COVID-19 causes different symptoms in different patients, so people should regard this article merely as rough guidance. If people think they might have COVID-19, they should go for a test as soon as possible for confirmation — simply comparing symptoms isn’t enough for a diagnosis; only a medical professional can do that.

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