What's the Difference Between the Flu and COVID-19?

The flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, but they are caused by two different viruses. Both are serious enough that they can result in severe illness and hospitalization, but they require different methods of both treatment and prevention.

Because the symptoms of the two viruses are so similar, it can be hard to differentiate between them based on symptoms alone. A test may be required to confirm your diagnosis.

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