Differences Between COVID-19 and Seasonal Flu

Differences Between COVID-19 and Seasonal Flu

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It seems like we’ve been talking about flu-like symptoms for months now — because we have. The COVID-19 virus mimics a bad cold, or even the flu, in many ways. Now that actual flu season is upon us, it’s time to double down and make sure that our COVID awareness also extends to this annual nemesis. Here’s an overview of how the two are alike, and how they differ.

Common Symptoms Between COVID-19 and Influenza

  • Fever or feeling feverish
  • Muscle pain
  • Cough
  • Body aches
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea (more common in children)
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose

Differences between the Flu & COVID-19

  • COVID-19 may include a change in or loss of taste or smell
  • Flu viruses and COVID-19 can cause a range of symptoms and vary from mild to severe illness
  • Flu viruses have a shorter incubation period than COVID-19,
    • Flu ranges from 1-5 days after infection
    • COIVD-19 ranges from 2-14 days after infection
  • Period of contagiousness varies between flu and COVID-19
    • Someone infected with flu can spread the disease to others for at least 1 day prior to experiencing symptoms for about 7 days after
    • Someone infected with COVID-19 can spread the disease to others for up to 2 days prior to symptom onset and remain contagious for at least 10 days after testing positive

How organizations can prepare for seasonal Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 infections

  • Review supplies for hand hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE) to include: masks, gowns, gloves, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, hand soap
  • Educate staff on signs and symptoms that are common between flu and COVID-19 as well as the different symptoms
  • Work with Nod Infection Prevention to help ensure your facility is safe and free from outbreaks by ensuring your team is fully educated and prepared for the upcoming season.