One common myth around the COVID-19 pandemic is that a person can only get sick from either COVID-19 or the flu, but not both. In fact, it is possible to be infected with COVID-19 and the flu, and this is something you want to avoid.
COVID-19 is similar in many ways to the flu in that both of them are contagious respiratory illnesses, meaning they affect your lungs and breathing, and can be spread to others. Both COVID-19 and the flu can spread from person to person through droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs. In some cases, the viruses can be spread when a person touches an infected surface (e.g., doorknobs, countertops, telephones) and then touches their nose, mouth, or eyes.
While the flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses, both can cause you to experience fever, cough, body aches, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea (especially in children).
Although data on COVID-19 is more limited compared to that of the flu, it appears that symptoms like shortness of breath and loss of smell or taste are more commonly associated with COVID-19.
Because of these similarities, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19 when symptoms appear.
If you start to develop symptoms, follow the precautions recommended for COVID-19.
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