Is it COVID or the Flu?by Dr. Kincaid on November 18, 2020
COVID or FLU?
It seems as if everyone is sick this fall season, and with COVID and the Flu going around it can be hard to know which is which! Although these illnesses are caused by different viruses, they can look really similar at first glance.
Here are some key similarities and differences between the Flu and COVID
What are the similarities?
Symptomatic similarities are fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and sometimes children experience vomiting and diarrhea for both.
They both are spread from close contact with people and mainly via droplets when infected people cough, sneeze or talk.
What are the differences?
Symptomatically the main difference we see is that COVID can cause loss of taste and smell. COVID seems to also be more contagious than the flu.
Although both flu and COVID can have serious effects on infants and children with underlying medical conditions, the risk of complications for healthy children is higher for flu compared to COVID-19.
The main difference between the flu and COVID is that the flu has a vaccination available to protect your children and family.
If your child/children have not been vaccinated, please call us at 972-420-1475 to schedule a time to come in and get their flu shot. Help us fight the flu together!
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