As the pandemic continues to unfold, distinguishing one disease from another becomes a hassle. Coronavirus and the flu are both contagious respiratory diseases. They may be mistaken for each other due to their similarities. However, they do hold some key differences which are important to know to take healthcare measures.

Similarities and differences 

The Flu is caused by a contagious influenza virus that infects the target’s throat, nose, and sometimes the lungs. On the other hand, coronavirus is a severe respiratory syndrome that has affected people globally.

We have simplified the differences into short bullet points for your convenience. 

  • Both can cause fever, cough, extreme fatigue, and muscle soreness, sometimes nausea and indigestion. The symptoms of the coronavirus, on the other hand, are ever-evolving. They can range from high fever to loss of taste as shown in the image below.
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  • Both can be either severe or mild.
  • The fertility rate of the COVID-19 is estimated to be 3 percent when compared to the flu which is 0.1 percent.
  • Both spread through air droplets from an infected person sneezing, coughing or talking. Coronavirus can also be spread through the airborne route.
  • The symptoms of the flu are visible within one to four days.
  • Coronavirus symptoms may develop between one to fourteen days.
  • The flu symptoms are abrupt while COVID symptoms are gradual.
  • Flu vaccines are available globally. To get your flu shots, Book an appointment with a doctor on our website. In contrast, currently, there are no effective vaccines available for coronavirus.

Preventing transmission

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Keep a minimum distance of 6ft between you and anyone sneezing and coughing.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth with a tissue.
  • Avoid crowded places. If you decide to leave the house for any reason, make sure you are wearing a mask. Visit our website to order masks from our trusted pharmacies.


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