Are you suffering from a cold, flu or Covid?
Our experts describe which symptoms are similar and which may be unique.
By Abigail Klein Leichman SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
Illustrative photo by Aleksandra Suzi via Shutterstock.com
It would be nice if Covid-19 disappeared before the flu and cold season hit us. Unfortunately, all three virus-caused conditions will likely be with us at once.
And that will put a dose of anxiety into every sneeze. How can we know if it’s trivial winter sniffles or something more serious? (See link for article)
The experts state that while some symptoms are common to each, others are unique, such as:
- Covid-19 can give shortness of breath, loss of smell, and dry cough
- Flu: headache, body aches, fever, chills, sore throat, loss of appetite Kids can get middle-ear infections and upset stomaches
- Cold: runny/stuffy nose, no fever
- both flu and Covid-19 can cause fever and dry cough
One of the experts state that a possible good surprise that could occur is infection rates could decline more quickly than expected and that although viruses don’t disappear they do wane over time.
They still don’t understand why seasonal flu epidemics tend to end after two months.
They also caution that differences in symptoms can be subtle and there are individual differences in presentation.
They state that rapid testing, which should be available soon, will change the game and can rule COVID out within 10 minutes.
For more on testing: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/07/01/us-scientist-manufactured-pandemic-testing-people-for-any-strain-of-coronavirus-not-specifically-covid-19/ The author states there are NO RELIABLE tests for COVID-19
As always, understand the risks, and about COVID testing in general before you consent to a test that is wrong more than half the time.
Dr. Mike Yeadon, a former Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Pfizer for 16 years, says that half or even “almost all” of tests for COVID are false positives.
October 14, 2020