Know the difference between COVID -19 and normal flu

Divya Tripathi

, Health A2Z

We all know that nowadays the whole world is fighting with the deadly and highly contagious virus named coronavirus also known as COVID-19. This virus is highly contagious and has symptoms that look like normal flu.  So, don’t get confused and let’s explore the difference between COVID – 19 and normal flu.


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What are coronaviruses?


Coronaviruses or COVID 19 are a group of viruses that usually cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illnesses that can affect both humans and animals. The source of coronavirus is suspected to be animals in an open-air market and is possibly a previously unrecognized bat coronavirus. It appears to cause a more severe illness progressing to pneumonia.


Difference between COVID-19 and normal flu


Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a new type of virus that emerging late in 2019. As it is a new virus, public health professionals are still working more on its symptoms, transmission, and severity. To know the difference between COVID-19 and normal flu we should understand the symptoms of both.


This flu is more likely to appear with rapid onsets of illness, such as high fever,  headache, and body aches. While coronavirus or COVID-19 may present with slower onset of illness, mild headache and body ache and mild/absent fever.


The symptoms can range from mild to severe in both COVID-19 and flu. These both can also lead to pneumonia.


World Health Organization (WHO) has classified mild symptoms of COVID-19 to mean that a person will not require hospitalization. So, according to WHO classification mild cases to consist of symptoms including:


  • Fever


  • Cough


  • Fatigue


  • Loss of appetite


  • Nasal congestion



  • Headache


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After the symptoms of coronavirus, these are the difference between COVID-19 and normal flu that are based on their related condition.


According to the WHO, around 15% of COVID-19 cases are severe that need hospitalization and 5% are critical those require a ventilator to breathe. In the patient of COVID -19, the risk of severe and critical infection is higher than the flu.


COVID-19 is also more deadly as compared to normal flu. According to the WHO, the mortality rate for COVID-19 appears to be higher than that of the flu.


Compared with the flu, research on COVID-19 is still in its early stages. These estimates may change over time.


What are the preventions of COVID19?


Here are the simple tips that can help you to prevent yourself from this COVID-19.


  • Wash your hands regularly


  • Try to avoid touching the face


  • Maintain the distance of at least 6 ft from the one sneezing and coughing


  • Cover your mouth while sneezing or coughing


  • Staying at home if feeling unwell


  • Do work from home if possible


  • Avoid crowds and gatherings of any size.


Everyone should know the right information about this virus. The difference between the COVID-19 and normal flu helps you to identify the actual condition. But If you having any of the symptoms inform the doctor.


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