What Makes the Flu Different from Coronavirus?

This flu season, we’re battling both the Flu and the Coronavirus. Health professionals have been stressing the importance of getting the flu vaccine before the flu season started. Between having the vaccine, social distancing, and wearing masks, and all the other preventative measures we have in place for COVID-19, we hope that this year’s flu season won’t be a bad one. Unfortunately, some of the symptoms of both are similar. Let’s learn what makes the Flu different from the Coronavirus.


Here are some common symptoms of both the Flu and COVID-19.

  • Stuffy and or runny nose
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Fever or chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

When you’ve exposed to the Flu, symptoms, show up early, within one to four days, and last for about five to seven days. You can be treated with Tamiflu and with aspirin or Tylenol for fever as well as aches and pains. Children with the Flu should also get plenty of rest and liquids to stay hydrated.

The main difference with Coronavirus is that children lose their sense of taste and smell. They also can contract the virus later, from one to fourteen days after exposure. The length of time can also be about two weeks long or longer, depending on the severity of their symptoms.

Since air droplets spread both the Flu and Coronavirus, it is imperative to follow proper hygiene, and cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, as well as to wash your hands often. Follow guidelines and wear a mask as well as practice social distancing when possible. The other essential things are to keep our children home when sick, clean frequently touched surfaces often, and call us at (941) 761-0663 if your child is sick. And if your child hasn’t yet, please get them a flu shot.