As COVID-19 continues to impact our lives, the colder weather will soon arrive along with the flu season. It will be important to be able to distinguish between these illnesses to help keep you and your family healthy. Here are some frequently asked questions:
What is the difference between Influenza (flu) and COVID-19?
Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two. The key differences between flu and COVID-19 are that COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than the flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. Another important difference is there is a vaccine to protect against flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
Here is a detailed list of the similarities and differences between the flu and COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm
Will there be flu along with COVID-19 in the fall and winter?
While it’s not possible to say with certainty what will happen in the fall and winter, CDC believes it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading. In this context, getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever. CDC recommends that all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine.
Can I have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time?
Yes. It is possible to have the flu, as well as other respiratory illnesses, and COVID-19 at the same time. Health experts are still studying how common this can be.
Is COVID-19 more dangerous than the flu?
Flu and COVID-19 can both result in serious illness, including illness resulting in hospitalization or death. While there is still much to learn about COVID-19, at this time, it does seem as if COVID-19 is more deadly than seasonal influenza; however, it is too early to draw any conclusions from the current data. This may change as we learn more about the number of people who are infected who have mild illnesses.
To review more frequently asked questions about this upcoming flu season, here is a link to help you learn more: