The Similarities of the Flu & COVID-19
 Flu season is fast upon us and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the influenza vaccine will be integral to reduce the impact of respiratory illness in our communities. It is highly recommended that everyone get a flu vaccine this year, because we don't currently have a way to prevent COVID-19, outside of social distancing, practicing good hygiene, disinfecting commonly used surfaces and, of course, wearing a facial covering while out in public.
 What are the similarities between the flue and COVID019?

Common Symptoms of COVID-19 and the Flu:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Similarities and Differences between COVID-19 and Flu

Similarities
Both COVID-19 and the flu have the following symptoms and are spread in similar ways.
  • Transmitted through person to person contact or droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking.
  • Transmitted by someone who isn’t showing signs of being sick or experiencing any symptoms.
  • Can live on surfaces
Differences
  • COVID-19 and Influenza are different types of viruses that can cause similar symptoms in humans.
  • The Influenza virus does not live in the air for a certain amount of time.
  • The flu spreads faster than COVID-19 and symptoms appear sooner. Flu symptoms become visible within 1-4 days while COVID-19 can take up to 14 days.
  • COVID-19 is more deadly than the flu.  The mortality rate for the flu is less than 1% of people infected while COVID-19 has a mortality rate of 4%-6% of people infected.
  • The most important difference is – there is a vaccine to prevent the flu!
Visit any pharmacy for a flu shot today, no appointment necessary. To keep everyone safe, we have implemented new safety measures this year:
  1. All patients getting a flu shot are required to wear a mask.
  2. Visit here to complete our Patient Profile Form and Vaccine Consent Forms.
 
Get your Flu Shot 2020
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy for all of your flu shot needs!
POSTED BY Sharon Mayes
CATEGORIES: Healthy Living