Coronavirus, with a mortality rate of more than 3% has become the major concern of almost every nation. With thousands of casualties around the globe, it is not that easy to eliminate or quarantine it soon.
Coronavirus vs Flu
Sore throat, watery eyes, chest pain, short breath, and high fever are the first common symptoms of coronavirus. But if we keep COVID-19 aside for a while, these are also the symptoms of common flu!
Both the viral diseases start with the respiratory illness but the question arises here how to identify the former from the latter in the battle of coronavirus vs flu?
Let’s find out on what grounds coronavirus is similar and/or different from influenza or flu!
Similarities between Coronavirus & flu
- Be it COVID-19 or flu, both cause fever, cough, body aches, fatigue; sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
- Novel 2019 coronavirus, as well as influenza, can be mild or severe, even fatal in rare cases.
- Both fevers types can result in pneumonia.
Difference between coronavirus and flu
Influenza and novel 2019 coronavirus are similar on few grounds but they are highly different from one another. Here are the grounds on which COVID-19 differs from flu!
Coronavirus: Is caused by one virus, the novel 2019 coronavirus, also named as acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.
Flu: Influenza is caused by any of several different types and strains of influenza viruses, not specific as compared to COVID-19.
Both diseases type can be transmitted in several ways which are similar. A major difference though can be the airborne property of coronavirus over flu. COVID-19 virus can remain airborne even after the infected individual has gone far from the infected position.
Coronavirus– Medications (antiviral) are continuously being tested to see if they can address the prevailing symptoms of COVID-19.
Flu– Antiviral medications are used to address symptoms and sometimes shorten the duration of the illness due to influenza or flu.
Coronavirus: At present, there hasn’t been any effective vaccination developed for curing COVID-19 novel.
Flu: From minor to severe cases of influenza, there are vaccinations available for curing the flu.
Coronavirus- More than 1,25,000 cases worldwide as of Mar. 12, 2020.*
Flu– Estimated 1 billion cases worldwide per year.
There has been an increase in the number of death trolls due to COVID-19 due to the unavailability of its vaccine. But it is possible that in the coming months, a cure will be developed for the same.
Influenza, on the contrary, is curable to a certain extent due to already available antiviral vaccinations for the same.
Here’s what WHO comments on the outbreak!
Way of transmission of the virus
- In both cases, the disease can be spread from person to person.
- Either through droplets in the air from an infected person coughing, sneezing or talking, coronavirus as well as influenza can spread both ways.
- *COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route. Tests also have shown it can survive in the air.
Coronavirus vs flu- Treatment
- As far as now, neither COVID- 19 nor flu is treatable with antibiotics.
- Both may be treated by addressing symptoms, such as reducing fever.
- Severe cases may require hospitalization and mechanical ventilation.
Coronavirus vs flu- Preventive measures
Flu, as well as coronavirus, both may be prevented by following the below preventive measures:
- Frequent, thorough handwashing
- Coughing into the crook of your elbow
- Staying home when sick
- Don’t travel too often
- Limiting contact with people who are infected
- Waving instead of a handshake
- Wearing a mask when outdoors
- Avoiding public places which are too crowded
- Avoid the infected areas
- Cooking at home is healthy
Prevention is better than cure and if we take some precautionary measures, COVID-19 can be controlled to a certain extent. With these thoughts, it’s a goodbye for now from JoolayLife!