Do you have the flu or Covid-19? How to find out what risks are involved. WHO responds
Do you have the flu or Covid-19?  How to find out what risks are involved.  WHO responds

Do you have the flu or Covid-19? How to find out what risks are involved. WHO responds

Dr. Sylvie Briand, director, WHO Infectious Hazard Management, said the flu is very common, especially this season, and usually the symptoms are fever and pain. “Muscle aches and also upper respiratory symptoms such as sneezing and coughing are some of the other symptoms,” she said.

For Covid-19, it is basically the same symptoms, but in addition we have additional symptoms such as lack of smell and lack of taste. “A lot of people, especially young people, experience these additional symptoms of Covid-19. But sometimes people have very few symptoms, whether it’s for Covid-19 or the flu. It really depends on your level of immunity,” she explains.

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The preventive measures work for both of them, and hand washing in particular is very important, she adds. “Ventilation of rooms when you are in overcrowded rooms is important. You should open the window. If you can not open the window, keep your distance,” she adds.

COVID-19 and influenza are both respiratory diseases: –

Both viruses share similar symptoms, including cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, headache and fatigue. People can have different levels of illness with both COVID-19 and flu. Some may have no symptoms, mild symptoms or serious illness. Both influenza and COVID-19 can be fatal.

COVID-19 and influenza spread in similar ways:

Both COVID-19 and influenza are spread by droplets and aerosols when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks, sings or breathes. The drops and aerosols can land in the eyes, nose or mouth of people nearby – typically within 1 meter of the infected person, but sometimes even further away. People can also become infected with both COVID-19 and the flu by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth without cleaning their hands.

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Some have a higher risk of serious illness from Covid, influenza:

While all age groups can be infected with both COVID-19 virus and influenza virus, these people are at higher risk for serious illness and death from both COVID-19 and influenza: older adults; people of all ages with chronic medical conditions (such as chronic heart, lung, kidney, metabolic, neurological, liver or hematological diseases); and people with immunosuppressive conditions (such as HIV / AIDS, patients receiving chemotherapy or steroids, or malignancy).

Healthcare professionals have a high risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and a high risk of becoming infected with influenza. Pregnant women and those who have recently given birth also have a high risk of experiencing severe flu and severe COVID-19.

Are there the same protective measures against Covid, influenza:

To protect against COVID-19 and the flu you should follow these public health and social measures – keep at least 1 meter away from others and wear a well-fitting mask when not possible; avoid crowded and poorly ventilated places and surroundings; open windows or doors to keep rooms well ventilated; coughing or sneezing into a bent elbow or tissue and throwing the tissue into a closed container; clean your hands often; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; stay home if you are not feeling well; and contact your doctor if you have any of the following severe symptoms of COVID-19, including shortness of breath, loss of appetite, confusion, persistent pain or pressure in the chest and high temperature (above 38 ° C).

Is vaccination important?

Vaccination is an important part of the prevention of serious illness and death for both COVID-19 and influenza. Follow the advice of your local authorities to get flu and COVID-19 vaccines. The WHO recommends the flu vaccine for the elderly, young children, pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions and healthcare professionals.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe for most people 18 years and older, including those with pre-existing conditions of any kind, including autoimmune disorders. These conditions include: hypertension, diabetes, asthma, lung, liver and kidney diseases as well as chronic infections that are stable and controlled.

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