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Their symptoms are similar and the differences are very simple… How do you differentiate between infection with swine flu and corona?

How do you differentiate between the symptoms of influenza season diseases of different types, specifically swine flu, corona virus and even the common cold? In order not to assume wrongly that what hurt you or someone you love is just a severe cold, only to discover later that it is the contagious swine flu or even the rapidly spreading Corona virus, in this report we review the similarities and differences between all these viruses.

All of these diseases share similar symptoms, which can sometimes make it difficult to distinguish between them and point the finger at the guilty virus.

Symptoms to watch

Early signs of cold, flu, and corona tend to be similar, according to the Mayoclinic website.

Both the coronavirus and the flu often cause symptoms such as fever, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, shortness of breath, and vomiting or diarrhea, according to the CDC.

However, corona infection can be distinguished by simultaneous headache and dry cough.

Dr. Sayed explained that the loss of taste and smell, which was the biggest warning sign of corona infection, is still a possible symptom even for the Omicron mutant, although it is less prevalent now than it was with other variables or mutant.

What is the difference between influenza and corona?

Influenza and corona affect the respiratory system, but the corona virus spreads more easily than influenza. However, as more people get fully vaccinated against it, the spread of the virus that causes coronavirus is expected to slow.

Compared to the flu, corona disease can cause more serious illnesses in some people, it may take longer before people develop symptoms and people can become contagious for a longer period.

Since some symptoms of influenza, corona and other respiratory diseases are similar, it is not possible to distinguish between them based on symptoms alone, and a specialist must be examined and the diagnosis confirmed.

It is worth noting that people can be infected with influenza and the virus that causes corona at the same time and show symptoms of both viruses.

What about swine flu and corona?

First discovered in the United States and then spreading to the world, swine flu, or H1N1, contained a mixture of flu genes not previously seen in animals or humans, the CDC says.

But now, swine flu is just another of the seasonal flu strains that can be vaccinated every year and diagnosed according to a lab test.

The CDC estimates that swine flu has infected nearly 61 million people in the United States, killing 12,469 people. Around the world, up to 575,400 people have died due to the swine flu pandemic.

The World Health Organization estimates that between 290,000 and 650,000 people die from influenza-related causes each year worldwide.

While the situation of the seriousness of the Corona virus continues to change rapidly.

.at times, with the emergence of mutants on the one hand and the rates of vaccine

dissemination on the other, doctors and scientists are working to estimate the death rate of Corona.

At present, scientists believe that the death rate from infection with corona.

is 10 times or more than most strains of influenza.

*This information comes from the map of global cases of coronavirus developed.

by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).

Similarities between Corona and influenza:

Both coronavirus and influenza, including swine flu, can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms to severe symptoms.

Common symptoms that corona and influenza share include:

Fever or feeling feverish/chills


Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


sore throat

Runny or stuffy nose

Muscle aches or body aches


Vomiting and diarrhea

Change or loss of the sense of taste or smell, although this symptom is more common with corona.

And what about colds?

Common cold symptoms occur when the body’s immune system reacts to one.

of a number of viruses, Dr Julian Tang, a virologist at the University of Leicester tells The Times.

Symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose are cause by cytokines.

which are secreted by virus-fighting B cells (which make antibodies) and T cells (which attack infected cells).

Although tens or hundreds of thousands of people test positive for Covid every day.

(and many are unaware they have it), medical experts have suggested to the British newspaper that the number of people catching colds may be 4 or 5 times higher.

The common cold, which is cause by a number of viruses such as rhinoviruses.

seasonal coronaviruses and RSV, has been circulating in humans for a long time.

Newborns and children are expose to all cold viruses from infancy; But because these viruses have adapted to humans to some extent, the diseases they cause are generally milder than Covid.



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