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Differences‌ ‌Between‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Flu‌ ‌

The COVID-19 and flu viruses share several characteristics, which can often make it difficult to differentiate between the two. Both have a lot of the same symptoms, such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches, and fatigue, to name a few. However, COVID-19 can also result in the symptom of loss of taste and smell which is not common for the flu. On average, COVID-19 symptoms typically develop five days after infection, but this time frame can range anywhere from two to fourteen days. The flu typically has a quicker onset of symptoms, with the average time frame being from one to four days. Each virus is spread in similar ways so it’s important to follow CDC guidelines in order to protect yourself and others. Prevention is always better than treatment. At the moment, there are no FDA-approved antiviral drugs for COVID-19 but a vaccine is currently being developed and administered to high-risk populations and essential workers. The flu can be treated with antiviral influenza drugs and a vaccine is available to prevent strains of the virus that are most likely to circulate each year. Check out the infographic below to learn more about the differences between COVID-19 and the flu. If you are experiencing any symptoms of either virus, make sure to stop in and get tested at your closest First Care Clinic

COVID-19 and Flu (Influenza) Infographic describing the differences in symptoms, spread, ad treatment.