Coronavirus vs. Influenza: What do your symptoms mean? Is this good news if you have the flu and don’t have COVID-19? , The Times of India – India Times English News

“Coronavirus and influenza virus both are respiratory diseases that are contagious and contagious in nature,” says Dr Sanket Jain, Consultant Pulmonologist, Masina Hospital, Mumbai. According to him, symptoms like fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, breathlessness and headache are similar in both.

Aerosols released during coughing, talking, sneezing etc. are transmitted between people through droplets. These droplets can then go into the mouth or be inhaled by a person. According to the doctor, older people, who are in an immune-suppressed state, are more likely to get infected with any of these viruses.

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Having said that, there are some differences between coronavirus and influenza virus, Dr. Jain notes. While the influenza virus shows symptoms rapidly after being infected, the coronavirus takes longer to show symptoms after being infected. Additionally, the coronavirus is more contagious and has a tendency to spread faster than the influenza virus.

The US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control says that a person with the flu will develop symptoms anywhere from 1 to 4 days after infection, while a COVID-positive person may experience symptoms for up to 5 days after becoming infected. However, symptoms may appear up to 2 days after infection or up to 14 days after infection.