With the world waiting for each new story about the coronavirus, or COVID-19, flu cases across the country are still concerning.
This season alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that at least 20,000 deaths have been attributed to influenza. Meanwhile, more coronavirus cases are being reported across the country.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 and influenza are both respiratory illnesses caused by viruses.
But with the flu, COVID-19 and allergies all having similar symptoms, it can be hard to tell the difference.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the following are symptoms of allergies.
- runny nose, stuffy nose and sneezing
- wheezing, shortness of breath
- nausea and vomiting
The CDC reports that the flu can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. The following are symptoms of the flu.
- fever, or feeling feverish/chills
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle or body aches
- fatigue (tiredness)
- some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults
The CDC reports the following are symptoms of COVID-19.
- Shortness of breath
- May appear 2-14 days after exposure
Anyone who believes they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 is urged to call their healthcare provider before heading in for an appointment.