COVID-19 and the Flu

The flu season is here!

COVID-19 or the Flu?

COVID-19 and the flu are both infectious respiratory diseases and share some similar symptoms – cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, headache, and fatigue.  

However, they are caused by different viruses and there is a difference in how the diseases are treated.

Now is a good time to review them. The chart below compares COVID-19 and the flu, given the best available information to date. We hope this information will help you make informed decisions.

COVID-19 versus Flu
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American Society of Microbiology

CDC Health Statistics

Johns Hopkins Mortality Analysis

WebMD What You Should Know

CDC Flu Symptoms

CDC Long Term Effects

CDC Treatment


Medscape Article 1

Medscape Article 2

Los Angeles Times Article

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