Is this the Flu or COVID-19?
Attached is an article addressing the key differences between the Flu and COVID10 by our partners at Safelink Consulting. Important points to highlight from the article by Safelink, Is this the Flu or COVID-19?:
- The CDC states that getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu. They also recommend that September and October are good times to get a flu vaccine, so we highly recommend to act now!
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified some key differences between the flu and COVID-19 that may help with illness identification and the steps to minimize the spread and severity of the viruses.
- The CDC states that getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu. They also recommend that September and October are good times to get a flu vaccine, so act now!
- One difference is that COVID-19 may include change in or loss of taste or smell.
- Time between exposure and infection: For both the flu and COVID-19, 1 or more days can pass between a person becoming infected and when he or she starts to experience illness symptoms. As for difference, flu symptoms typically present 1 to 4 days after infection, while symptoms of COVID-19 appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days after infection with the current average being 5 days after being infected.
- Length of being contagious: For both the flu and COVID-19, it is possible to spread the virus for at least 1 day before experiencing any symptoms.
- Flu: Most people with u are contagious for about 1 day before they show symptoms. Older children and adults with u appear to be most contagious during the initial 3-4 days of their illness but many remain contagious for about 7 days. Infants and people with weakened immune systems can be contagious for even longer.
- COVID-19: Though how long someone can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 is still under investigation, current evidence shows that it is possible for people to spread the virus for about 2 days before experiencing signs or symptoms and remain contagious for at least 10 days after signs or symptoms first appeared. If someone is asymptomatic or their symptoms go away, it’s possible to remain contagious for at least 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19