We can all agree that pandemics are something that we did not expect, especially since no one thinks about biological changes that happen all around us. Of course, people from all across the globe suffer from seasoned illnesses that are generally named flu.
The main problem in this particular situation is to differentiate the common flu with COVID-19, primarily since they feature similar symptoms. Still, numerous differences are telling us otherwise.
You should know that a new strain of coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 leads to COVID-19. Generally, both flu and this particular issue lead to respiratory issues and come with the option to pass or spread from individual to individual.
However, here, we wish to differentiate and create a list of differences that will help you understand what happens when you have flu and what is going on when you catch COVID-19.
Generally, symptoms of coronavirus are yet to be analyzed, but they can range from mild ones to severe ones depending on numerous factors. At the same time, both of them can lead to pneumonia, which is a problematic respiratory infection that could lead to fatalities.
According to WHO (by checking here, you will enter the official website of the World Health Organization), mild symptoms do not require hospitalization. However, they still have to undergo surveillance and quarantine to prevent spreading around.
Mild symptoms of coronavirus include fatigue, cough, fever, sore throat, loss of appetite, and headache. Even though the studies are still underway, the CDC stated other symptoms, including chills, muscle pain, breathlessness, and loss of smell and taste.
By now, they have concluded that only fifteen percent of coronavirus cases are severe, while five percent fall under critical. Reaching the critical point means that the respiratory system is failing, which is why these patients require a ventilator to breathe correctly?
Statistically speaking, coronavirus is deadlier, which means that mortality rates are higher compared with the flu.
Generally, we can spread both coronavirus and flu through contact. It means that you can get it by reaching close contact with someone that has the infection in most cases through sneezing and coughing.
At the same time, coronavirus can survive on surfaces, but no one is certain about the time it stays, but it could range between a few hours and a few days.
Check out this site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html to stay ahead with latest information about pandemics.
Another important consideration is that people can transmit the flu to others that are six feet away, which is why it is crucial to stay away from others following this particular number.
The speed of spreading is different between these two viruses. The symptoms of common flu tend to appear much sooner than coronavirus, and it spreads much faster as well.
Indications state that people can pass the flu virus before they start showing symptoms, which is the same thing that would happen with coronavirus.
Even if you do not have any symptoms, you will be able to spread it around, which is why the lack of contacts and quarantine is essential for others and yourself.
At the same time, if you cannot maintain a six-foot distance between others, you should wear a cloth facemask to prevent the spreading process. This will help you prevent the spreading that could happen from asymptomatic people.
You probably already know that the flu virus has been around us for some time, much longer than coronavirus, which is why we have found the treating options and methods.
Most people do not require immediate medical treatment, but in some cases, doctors can prescribe antiviral drugs that will reduce the symptoms in a matter of days.
Remember that these drugs will assist your body in fighting it, and reduce both lasting and severity of illness.
However, COVID-19 does not come with proper antiviral drugs that could treat it entirely because it is new, and the process of making a cure requires at least a few years.
Even though the current treatment method is not transparent in the form of vaccination, you can reduce and treat symptoms as well as other complications that can happen. Mild cases can rest assured because they just have to stay away from others and take some antipyretics for fever.
You should read more about the ways to treat and prevent this particular illness on the link we shared with you.
On the other hand, severe cases require specific equipment, including mechanical ventilation or oxygen, that will handle respiratory issues.