COVID-19 vs Cold & Flu: Which one do you have?
The coronavirus outbreak has led to over 400 fatalities in the UK, with more than 8,000 cases the virus is rapidly spreading and causing great concern and anxiety for many members of the public across the nation.
The mystery behind the outbreak has been baffling scientists and medical professionals as its a new strain that is yet to be identified or sourced.
However, as history so far tells us, the virus is nowhere near as deadly as the common flu, which medical experts have announced will stake priority in the battle.
Did you know that influenza leads to thousands and thousands of deaths a year. The University of Oxford stated that in 2008-2009, influenza was the result of 13,000 UK deaths.
On top of this, The World Health Organisation (WHO), has also estimated around 500,000 individuals die across the globe per year because of the flu.
So, how does COVID-19 differ from the common cold and flu? And why is everyone so worried?
COVID-19 is caused by a different strain of virus to the common cold.
Coronaviruses, like the common cold, cause mild infections particularly in the upper respiratory tract and can cause minor manifestations such as a stuffy nose, sore head or sore throat.
Whereas, those who have contracted COVID-19 can suffer from more severe symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever and difficulty breathing.
The infection can also lead on to further complications such as pneumonia, kidney failure and in the most serious of cases, death.
The flu is caused by many different types of influenza viruses. It’s very infectious and easily spread from person to person, being the most infectious during the first five days.
Traits of the flu are more serious than those connected to the common cold, the flu can cause some people to experience loss of appetite, diarrhoea and feeling nauseous. Even in the most severe cases, the flu can lead to pneumonia also.
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Learn how to tell the difference between your symptoms using our table below.
Compare your symptoms
|Cough||Common (often dry)||Mild||Common (often dry)|
|Aches & pains||Sometimes||Common||Common|
|Runny or stuffy nose||Rare||Common||Sometimes|
|Diarrhoea||Rare||No||Sometimes for children|
|Shortness of breath||Sometimes (common in severe infections)||No||No|
How to protect yourself and others
The Government and health organisations have encouraged diligent hand hygiene measures to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus from person to person. Hand sanitisers have been the recommended product to use, especially ones that contain up to 60% alcohol. Buy yours here.