Explain flu symptoms and how they differ from COVID or the common cold

It’s flu season, and everyone knows someone who’s gotten sick in the past few weeks.

Official statistics revealed that influenza and pneumonia have killed more people than Covid-19 since the beginning of autumn.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show influenza and pneumonia have proven more deadly than coronavirus, killing 5,262 people in England and Wales between the start of September and the start of December, compared to 3,899 who died from Covid.

And last week, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warned that influenza was now putting more people in hospital than coronavirus, in yet another warning of the dangers of the disease.

But how can you tell the difference between the flu and the common cold, or Covid-19?

Here’s everything you need to know.

What are the symptoms of influenza?

The NHS says flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:

  • Sudden rise in temperature
  • Painful body
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • a headache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • Anorexia
  • Diarrhea or abdominal pain
  • Feeling sick and sick

Symptoms are similar in children, but they can also develop earache and appear less active.

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What is the difference between the flu and a cold or Covid?

Flu symptoms come on very quickly, while cold symptoms tend to be gradual, and this is one of the main signs.

The NHS says symptoms of a cold include:

  • stuffy or runny nose;
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • muscle pain
  • Cough
  • sneeze
  • a rise in temperature;
  • pressure in your ears and face
  • Loss of sense of taste and smell

Symptoms are the same in adults and children. Sometimes symptoms last longer in children.

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) in adults can include:

  • high fever or chills (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to the touch on your chest or back (you don’t need to take your temperature)
  • A new, persistent cough – this means a severe cough for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing fits within 24 hours.
  • Loss or change in the sense of smell or taste
  • shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • Painful body
  • a headache
  • Sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose;
  • Anorexia
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling sick or ill

How do I treat the flu?

NHS says:

  • Rest and sleep
  • stay warm
  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
  • drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (your urine should be light yellow or clear)

How do I treat a cold?

NHS says:

  • Rest and sleep
  • Drink plenty of water (fruit juice or squash mixed with water is fine) to avoid dehydration
  • Gargle with salt water to relieve a sore throat (not suitable for children)

If you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to do your normal activities, try to stay home and avoid contact with others until you feel better.

What should I do if I have Covid?

The NHS says you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you have symptoms of Covid-19 and either:

  • You have a high temperature
  • You don’t feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities

Avoid close contact with anyone who is most at risk.

The recommendation is that “you can return to your normal activities when you feel better or when you no longer have a high temperature.”

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