The Flu vs. Coronavirus: What's The Difference?
Coronavirus continues to make headlines in recent weeks as cases of the
respiratory illness are reported across the U.S. and globally. Otherwise
known as COVID-1, the virus shares similarities with influenza in how
it is spread, as well as its symptoms. Here’s what you should know
Symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, runny or stuffy nose,
fatigue, and occasionally vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms usually come
on suddenly after an incubation period of 2 – 5 days.
Virus Transmission: passed from person to person through respiratory droplets from an infected
person's cough or sneeze.
Mortality Rate: the flu kills 290,000 to 650,000 people each year according to the CDC.
Prevention: Flu season is not over, and it’s not too late for your flu shot.
This is important because if you have the flu, you’re at a higher
risk for other infections like pneumonia
Symptoms: data is still being compiled to understand all the symptoms of the disease
but the most common are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms
may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure.
Virus Transmission: just like the flu, the virus is passed from person to person through respiratory
droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze.
Mortality Rate: according to the World Health Organization (WHO) there have been more
than 80,000 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide. Of those cases, nearly
3,000 resulted in death.
Prevention: while there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, everyday preventative
actions can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
For more information and updates from the CDC on COVID-19, visit our information page by