What’s the difference: flu vs. COVID-19?

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick answers questions about the flu and the flu vaccine.

The flu is primarily fever, high fever, muscle aches, and chills. But coronavirus presents in so many different ways. The most common symptoms we’ve seen are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. We’ve heard about people losing their sense of taste or their sense of smell. We’ve never heard of that with the flu.

But with the flu, you may not have a cough or be short of breath or having, you may not have difficulty breathing. But you may have fever. So that might be the most common symptom between flu and coronavirus.

So while on the surface there seems to be a lot of overlap, coronavirus turns out to be a very different infection than the flu.

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