As Flu Season Approaches- Similarities and Differences Between Influenza and COVID-19


Aryssa Denton, Staff Writer

Recently, Covid-19 has died down. While this is a good thing, it also has led many people to forget the differences between Covid and the Flu. This is understandable, seeing as the two viruses have many similarities.
Similarities: Both illnesses spread through people at close contact, and spread more in indoor spaces- especially ones of poor ventilation, usually through sneezing or coughing. They also share some symptoms such as fevers, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, sore throat and nausea or vomiting. Heart attacks, organ failure, brain or heart inflammation, and strokes are all some possible consequences of contracting Covid or Influenza (flu).
Differences: Covid often takes longer to show symptoms, whereas the flu only takes one to four days to show itself. Covid can spread before the symptoms even show. Covid is also contagious for a longer period of time. The flu is less contagious and fatal than Covid, having killed only 53,544 in its peak in the US, while the latter has killed 1.06 million.