Influenza (flu) and Covid - 19 are both respiratory illness but are caused by different viruses. Flu and Covid-19 viruses can be spread through airborne droplets that can enter an individual’s body through inhalation of the exhaled droplets from another individual’s cough or sneeze or from toughing surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus. Every year a different flu vaccine is produced to protect against some of the viruses that scientists anticipate will circulate during that Flu season however to date a Covid-19 vaccine is not available for distribution. Although most people who get the flu will recover in a few days to less than two weeks; some people will develop complications such as sinus or ear infections while others may progress to the more serious complication of pneumonia. Although some individuals with Flu or Covid-19 can be asymptomatic (showing no signs of illness) they can still spread the virus
Similarities in the symptoms of both the Flu and Covid -19 incude:
- Runny stuffy nose
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain or bodyaches
- Vomiting and diarrhea (this is more common in children)
Distinguishing symptoms of Covid-19 include:
- Rapid Breathing
- Shortness of Breath
- Loss of smell & Taste
If a person has Covid-19 they may be contagious longer than a person with the flu. Older adults and people with certain medical conditions are at higher risk for complications from both the flu and Covid- 19.
Please help protect yourself and others.
If you are Not feeling well or have symptoms: STAY AWAY FROM OTHERS!
- Get tested !
- Stay away from others till you know the results.
- Wear YOUR Mask: When around people you do not live with wear a mask and follow state guidelines. If you need to sneeze, sneeze into your mask! That is correct, the idea is all about not spreading or getting airborne germs. When you get a chance use a tissue, change and wash your mask & wash your hands.
- Wash your Hands: frequently, especially …before you eat, after you use the bathroom, when you come in from outside, when you touch garbage, when you handling any food, or any items that may come in contact with food.
Wet hands, apply soap and rub your hands top, bottom & in between fingers for at least 30 seconds (sing Happy Birthday or a lyric of your favorite song 2 times.) Now you can rinse with water! If you and are not near water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.