Graphic shows comparison of symptoms of COVID-19, the common cold, allergies and the flu.


Coronavirus symptoms compared with flu, cold and allergies

March 16, 2020 - Some symptoms of COVID-19 – the disease caused by the new coronavirus – are similar to those of the common cold, allergies and the flu, making it tricky to diagnose without a test.

The coronavirus primarily affects the lungs and commonly causes a fever and dry cough. It can also lead to shortness of breath, a symptom not associated with colds or the flu, though it is common for allergies.

Those people who are sneezing and have a runny nose are likely to have the flu or a cold. The flu is also more likely than COVID-19 to come with aches and pains.

PUBLISHED: 16/03/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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