Both COVID-19 and the flu are illnesses caused by viruses, however they are very different types of viruses: COVID-19 is caused by novel coronavirus and the flu is caused by influenza virus. Many symptoms of COVID-19 overlap with symptoms of the flu, but there are some differences to look out for.
COVID-19 can cause shortness of breath whereas the flu does not. Fever and cough are common symptoms for both, but sneezing is neither a symptom of COVID-19 nor the flu – but rather a symptom of the common cold and allergies.
For a table comparing more symptoms see COVID-19: identifying the symptoms.
Should I still get the flu vaccine even if it doesn’t protect me from COVID-19?
Although the flu vaccine will not protect you from COVID-19, there are still many reasons why you and your family should get the annual flu vaccine
By getting the flu vaccine, you reduce the chances of contracting the flu and developing symptoms such as fever and cough, which can be mistaken for coronavirus, as these are common symptoms in both illnesses.
It will also help reduce the chances of you or your family needing to go to hospital reducing your exposure to hospitals where there are cases of COVID-19 patients. You will also be helping out the healthcare workers in hospitals by reducing the number of flu patients, allowing them to treat the critically ill patients of COVID-19.
Getting the flu vaccine, during this time especially, will also reduce the risk of you potentially contracting two serious infections, influenza and COVID-19, at the same time which could potentially result in pneumonia and respiratory failure.
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