How To Know The Difference Between Flu And Covid-19

The coronavirus responsible for the current, ongoing pandemic, Covid 19, and the more familiar seasonal flu are similar diseases. Both viruses are surprisingly familiar: they both have their variants that are responsible for the “common cold” — more of a colloquialism than a meaningful classification.

How do you know the difference between the flu and Covid-19?

Flu vs Covid-19

The flu and Covid-19 are both viruses that infect the respiratory tract, and they can be easily spread between humans through contamination from water droplets from the airway passages. They have similar symptoms: namely, respiratory depression, pneumonia, fever, and more.

They are different in that the amino acids which make up their genetic structure are sequenced differently.

However, at the end of the day, they can look and sound the same. Both are particularly dangerous, and the ease with which they spread is cause for concern.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19 and the flu?

Covid-19 and most common influenza viruses cause similar symptoms, making it very difficult to distinguish between the two with observation alone. These symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Because symptoms of the two viruses are so similar, it is very important to get tested for Covid-19 when symptomatic to ensure that the appropriate measures are taken to prevent its transmission. Drip Hydration can take care of Covid-19 testing needs and more.

Can a flu shot protect you from Covid-19?

Unfortunately, a flu shot will not protect against Covid-19. This does not make it any less important this year: common strains of influenza, while not as lethal or easily transmissible as Covid-19, are potentially lethal diseases, easily avoided with a vaccine.

Furthermore, eliminating a potential influenza hospitalization is important amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Because these are different viruses, it is possible to contract concurrent cases of both Covid-19 and influenza. This again underscores the importance of influenza vaccination, even if one is dealing with Covid-19. Note that social distancing guidelines should be observed, particularly with an active case of Covid-19.

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In-Home Flu Vaccinations And Covid-19 Testing With Drip Hydration

Drip Hydration offers Covid-19 in home testing, along with flu shots, so that you have available every possible tool for both the Covid-19 pandemic and flu season. Our licensed team of doctors and nurses is here to equip you with Covid-19 testing and flu vaccination. We make available these services right in your own home, limiting unnecessary exposure and saving you a hassle.



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