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Differences between Influenza (flu) and #COVID19

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There are a lot more similarities than differences between the two viruses when it comes to clinical presentation. Read the photo for the similarities. The only difference is that in COVID there is also a loss/change in taste or smell.
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Incubation Period

Symptoms manifest differently and this is an important part of diagnosis. #COVID symptoms appear 2-14 days AFTER EXPOSURE (averaging around 5 days after. Meanwhile for flu, it is 1-4 days after exposure.
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It is also important to know your contacts before you had these symptoms. Were they diagnosed with COVID?
Both are contagious one day before symptoms appear. Therefore, in contact-tracing it is important to tell that information.
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Studies also suggest that COVID is more contagious than the Flu.

School-aged children tend to have more severe illness with COVID. While for flu, it is younger children.
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Diagnosis

The most definitive way to know if what you have is a flu or COVID is to have yourself tested.
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Treatment

Flu is treated using supportive treatment (treating the symptoms and letting the body do the work). However, for high-risk groups, Oseltamivir and Zanamivir will work.

COVID treatment is still indefinite as of this moment. However, it is also managed with..
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With supportive treatment. Remdesivir is used in some countries as an "Emergency Measure". Little is still known regarding COVID.

That's why it's best to prevent these infections altogether.
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Keys to better prevention:
1 Wearing masks/face shield
2 Frequent handwashing
3 Physical distancing
4 Avoiding crowded places
5 Only going out when it is necessary

That's all.

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