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Cold Vs Coronavirus

Sep 28, 2020 Cold and Flu

Cold Vs Coronavirus

 

As we leave summer behind autumn is ready to step in and take its place. With the change of seasons also comes a change in minor ailments, itchy eyes turn into a runny nose and the common cold starts to spread. But with all that is going on with the Coronavirus, how easy is it to spot the COVID-19 infection from the common cold.  This article will help to answer some of the questions which may arise.

The coronavirus, common cold and the flu are all caused by a virus. They are not the same virus but when infected they can display symptoms which can be seen to overlap. For this reason it can become difficult to distinguish between the three and create more worries.

The most common symptoms of Colds, Flu and the Coronavirus have been listed below but this is not an exhaustive list, just the common symptoms which most people will experience. This will help to give you a better understanding of the type of illness associated with each.

 

Symptom

Coronavirus

Cold

Flu

Shortness of breath

Sometimes

NO

NO

Sneezing

NO

Common

NO

Sore Throat

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

Runny Nose

Rare

Common

Sometimes

Aches/Pains

Sometimes

Common

Common

Headaches

Sometimes

Rare

Common

Fatigue

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Loss of Taste and smell

Rapid onset

Rare

Sometimes

Cough

Common

Mild

Common

Fever

Common

Rare

Common

Source: WHO,CDC

As you can see there are a lot of symptoms which are overlapping which can make things very difficult to distinguish. There is no hard and fast rule to say for definite if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or the common cold without having a PCR test. From the above set of symptoms you can see that if you are sneezing and have a runny nose it is unlikely that you have the coronavirus. Also if you are experiencing shortness of breath it is unlikely to be a cold or the flu.

If you feel you are unsure then you should follow the government guidelines set out here for isolation and get yourself tested. Getting tested is the only way to know if you currently have the coronavirus, it will not however test for previous exposure to the virus or test for immunity.

To get a test you can visit the government website here and apply for a home kit.

If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus its best that you practice self-isolation and get yourself tested as soon as possible.

As with any infection prevention is always better than cure so make sure to

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed areas
  • Stay atleast 2 metres apart or 1m with facial coverings. 

 

 

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