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Flu vs. Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Dear Reader,

As the air begins to chill, a yearly visitor descends… and I’m not talking about Halloween ghouls or Santa Claus.

It’s the flu.

Flu season is now beginning to ramp up… and with no end in sight for the coronavirus pandemic, it’s more important than ever to educate yourself on the symptoms of each.

But there’s also a CRUCIAL fact about the coronavirus and flu that many people could be missing.

I’ll tell you exactly what it is below.

This flu season promises to be uniquely awful thanks to coronavirus. But how can you tell which illness you have if the symptoms are so similar?

Both have overlapping symptoms like chills, fever, and aches, so it can be difficult to know which you’ve caught.

Now researchers are saying it could be even harder than you think, because you could be infected by both viruses.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has several documented cases in which individuals were sick with the flu and coronavirus simultaneously.

In Wuhan, China, (the epicenter of the virus outbreak) researchers discovered that almost half of a group of 93 patients had contacted both the flu AND coronavirus.

Only some hospitals are equipped with special tests that can determine if you have one or both of the viruses.

And until those tests become more widely dispersed, the key is to look closely at your symptoms.

One important way you can know if you may have the coronavirus instead of the flu is if you’ve lost your sense of taste or smell suddenly. This has been a widely documented indicator of the coronavirus, but not been a symptom of the flu.

The best thing to do is to schedule a telehealth appointment with your doctor as soon as you have any symptoms of either, including fever, chills, dry cough, or stomach issues. Then, if your doctor OK’s it, get tested for coronavirus.

 

Fighting For Your Health,

 

Susan White

Executive Director, Alliance for Advanced Health

 

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