Is it a cold, or a flu, or Covid?

Is it a cold, or a flu, or Covid?

 


Is it a cold, or a flu, or Covid?

What to do if you are not sure

If you are uncertain whether it’s a cold, the flu or Covid, assume Covid and follow the guidance as if it is Covid.

Why assume it is Covid

If you are not sure you are infected with a cold, flu or Covid, It is safer to assume that you are infected with Coronavirus because the symptoms of Cold, Flu and Covid are very similar, and Covid can be more dangerous.

Covid Omicron symptoms

  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Tiredness
  • Congestion

Covid Delta symptoms

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Significant loss of taste and smell (similar to the Yuhan Alpha variant)

Cold symptoms

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion

Flu symptoms

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Headaches

Summary of the above

As you can see, it’s incredibly difficult to tell the cold, the flu and Covid apart, which is why it is safer to assume Covid and get tested.

What to do if you are sick

  • Avoid self-diagnosing
  • Get a Flu, Strep Throat and Covid test
  • Avoid people and follow protocols

Treatments of moderate symptoms

Please note that this writing is for informational purposes only. Consult with your doctor for proper guidance.

  • Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen
  • Over the counter decongestants
  • Hydrate with electrolytes and rest
  • See doctor if symptoms persist

A summary of Alpha, Delta and Omicron

  • The original Yuhan version is still floating around, along with Delta and Omicron. 

  • The Yuhan Covid killed many, while most of us got away with minor symptoms. 

  • Then came Delta, the Indian version of Covid-19. According to Yale Medicine, Delta is believed to be more than twice as contagious as previous variants, and studies have shown that it may be more likely than the original virus to put infected people in the hospital.

  • The omicron variant appears to be more transmissible than other variants, including Delta, but has so far led to milder disease. (16 January 22).

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