COVID-19 infections are ticking up just as flu season begins, a worry for public health officials responding to the pandemic. Here’s what you need to know about the two respiratory illness.
What are the symptoms for influenza and COVID-19?
The respiratory illnesses share many of the same symptoms including fever, body aches, sore throat and headache. In addition to these, COVID patients also may also experience conjunctivitis, skin rash or loss of smell and taste.
How are COVID-19 and influenza spread?
The viruses are transmitted by close contact — within 6 feet — through respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes, coughs or speaks.
What is the major difference between the two diseases?
Individuals can spread these diseases before symptoms develop, but with COVID-19 the duration can be as long as 14 days. In some people, the coronavirus also appears to cause more serious illness.
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