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Coronavirus and flu symptoms are very similar

Posted at 7:37 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 10:00:18-04

With flu season coming on during the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people are expected to become ill over the next few weeks and months.

But is it COVID-19, flu or a common cold?

The symptoms can be very similar, especially with the flu and COVID-19.

The one symptom that usually only shows up with COVID-19 is shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Intermountain Healthcare has put together a chart with the symptoms of all three.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever and/or chills
  • Cough (usually dry)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Tiredness (sometimes)
  • Aches and pains (sometimes)
  • Headaches (sometimes)
  • Sore throat (sometimes)

Symptoms of seasonal flu can include:

  • Fever and/or chills
  • Cough (usually dry)
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • Runny or stuffy nose (sometimes)
  • Sore throat (sometimes)
  • Diarrhea (sometimes in children)

Symptoms of a cold can include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough (mild)
  • Fatigue (sometimes)
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches (rarely)
  • Aches and pains