What is the difference between the flu and COVID-19? – WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

CLEVELAND (WJW)– Flu season is just around the corner and we are still battling the coronavirus pandemic. So, how will you know which virus you have?

A lot of symptoms of the two diseases are so comparable that without a test, you wont understand for sure which illness you have actually contracted.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory health problems and can have varying degrees of symptoms.

Typical symptoms that COVID-19 and the flu share include:

Based upon information and details from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Another important distinction between the two illness exists is a vaccine to protect versus flu.

The CDC states coronavirus appears to spread more easily than the influenza and causes more serious illnesses in some patients. Individuals who have COVID-19 are contagious for a longer time period and it can likewise take longer for signs to present themselves.

Nevertheless, there are some crucial distinctions between the influenza and COVID-19.

Regional health professionals, together with those at the CDC, state this year it is more crucial than ever to get a flu shot.

Other indications and signs of COVID-19 that vary from the influenza consist of change in or loss of taste or odor.

Fever or feeling feverish/chillsCoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathingFatigue (exhaustion) Sore throatRunny or stuffy noseMuscle discomfort or body achesHeadacheSome individuals may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more typical in children than adults

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Getting a flu shot early will not only assist secure you from the influenza, however Heffron states it can also assist physicians narrow down your disease. Because the health system might end up being quickly overwhelmed if both the influenza and COVID-19 both rise this year, this is beneficial.

” Its really essential get immunized so we can protect those around us,” Heffron said.

” Going into fall, were really stressed about people having influenza and COVID symptoms and being able to differentiate in between those two. If people get their flu shot we can keep that low. We saw in Australia throughout their winter season they had a really mild flu season due to the fact that they got high levels of vaccination and social distancing,” stated Andre Heffron, Flu Clinic Supervisor at Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

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Health specialists encourage people to take safety measures, like getting a flu shot, to maintain their health and prevent the spread of both infections.

Last flu season, 50 people passed away from influenza in Cuyahoga County. Because March, 667 individuals have actually passed away from COVID-19 in the county.

Numerous Northeast Ohio counties are holding influenza vaccination centers. For Cuyahoga Countys vaccination center, click here. For information about the surrounding counties, check your county health departments website.

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Several Northeast Ohio counties are holding influenza vaccination clinics. For details about the surrounding counties, check your county health departments site.

” Going into fall, were truly stressed about people having influenza and COVID signs and being able to differentiate in between those 2. If people get their influenza shot we can keep that low. We saw in Australia throughout their winter they had an extremely mild influenza season since they got high levels of vaccination and social distancing,” stated Andre Heffron, Flu Clinic Supervisor at Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

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