CoronaVirus (COVID-19) vs Common Flu

Coronavirus vs Common Flu - Symptoms, Preventions And What To Do

Coronavirus outbreak is first detected in Wuhan city and Hubei province, China. It has now been detected in several other countries too. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a 'public health emergency of international concern' on 30th January 2020. This virus is named "SARS-COV-2" and the disease caused by this virus is named "coronavirus disease 2019" (COVID-19). Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause respiratory illness and the range of symptoms are mild such as common cold, cough to severe such as pneumonia, organ failure. Coronavirus usually spreads due to direct contact with an infected person. 

Corona virus (COVID-19)

Difference between common flu and coronavirus

Although the symptoms of coronavirus and common flu look similar they are very different from each other. Common flu incubates very rapidly while coronavirus has an incubation period of up to 14 days.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to common flu. It's difficult for a person to distinguish between the signs and symptoms of common flu and coronavirus. But remember coronavirus has an incubation period of up to 14 days.  Most people infected by coronavirus show symptoms within five to six days. Seek medical attention immediately if the symptoms of infection persist or worsen beyond 7 to 10 days. After exposure, its symptoms may appear as few as two days or as long as 14 days. Here are the common symptoms of coronavirus:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Difficulty in Breathing
  • Shortness of Breath

Severe Symptoms of Coronavirus

The severe symptoms of coronavirus can cause:

  • Pneumonia
  • Kidney Failure
  • Multiple Organ Failure
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)
  • Death

However, some people don't have any symptoms despite having coronavirus in their systems. 

How does coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread?

  • Coronavirus spread through respiratory droplets that are formed when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • COVID-19 can also spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects.

What to do to prevent Coronavirus?

There are currently no antiviral drugs or vaccines to treat or prevent coronavirus. Boost your immunity to prevent yourself from coronavirus. Follow these tips to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease:
  • Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet to build a robust immune system.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Maintain personal hygiene.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Avoid consuming raw meat and eggs.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold and cough.
  • Avoid crowded places for some time.
  • Stay at home when you're sick or feeling unwell.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue while sneezing or coughing and discard that tissue.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone if you feel unwell.
  • If you're sick use a face mask to prevent the spread of the disease to others. 
  • Disinfect frequently used surfaces or objects with a cleaning spray.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren't readily available you can use an alcohol-based sanitizer. 

Consult your health care provider to know more information about this virus. 

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