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Do I have COVID-19 or the flu?

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You may have COVID-19 if you have a fever and a hard time breathing, along with some of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing up thick phlegm from the lungs
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stuffy nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing up blood
  • Swollen eyes

If you don't have problems breathing, it might be the flu.

From: Signs and Symptoms of Coronavirus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: “Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19),” “Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

CDC: “Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and you,” “Symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019,” “Symptoms.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: “Sorting out symptoms of COVID-19, influenza, colds and allergies.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on April 2, 2020

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: “Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19),” “Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

CDC: “Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and you,” “Symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019,” “Symptoms.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: “Sorting out symptoms of COVID-19, influenza, colds and allergies.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on April 2, 2020

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