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Influenza Season During a Pandemic

15 November 2021

Key points

  • COVID-19 and influenza are contagious respiratory illnesses caused by viruses.

  • The symptoms of both diseases are very similar.

  • The flu vaccine does not prevent you from getting COVID-19, but it does reduce symptoms that can be confused with the disease.

COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It spreads between people who are in close contact and through respiratory droplets released when you breathe, cough, sneeze, talk, or sing. These droplets can be inhaled or land in the mouth or nose of a nearby person.

On the other hand, influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, mainly in children, older adults, and people with certain health conditions.

These viruses are highly transmissible and can have very similar symptoms, so diagnosis based on symptoms alone can be difficult.

Symptoms, will it be COVID-19 or influenza?

Symptoms Covid-19 Influenza
Cough Usually Usually
Muscle pain Usually Usually
Tiredness Usually Usually
Sore throat Usually Usually
Stuffy nose Usually Usually
Fever Usually Not always
Nausea or vomiting Sometimes Sometimes
Diarrhea Sometimes Sometimes
Difficulty breathing Usually Usually

How to avoid contracting COVID-19 or influenza?

Without a doubt, the best recommendation to avoid getting infected with any of these diseases is to get vaccinated as soon as possible, in this way your body will be protected from both viruses.

In addition to this, it is very important to consider the standard measures to avoid, as possible, contracting them such as wearing a mask, washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, using antibacterial gel, avoiding touching your eyes, mouth and nose, and disinfect frequently used surfaces.

If you have any symptoms that indicate COVID-19 or influenza, do not hesitate to contact one of our specialists for a better diagnosis and treatment.

At ABC Medical Center’s Department of Internal Medicine, we can provide you with specialized care. Contact us!

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