COVID-19 & The Flu : What's the Difference?
Flu season is here Picky Parents. And with COVID far overstaying its welcome, we might be in for double trouble! (Talk about icing on the cake to finish out 2020).
But no worries! We’ve pointed out some key differences and similarities to arm you against these rascals this flu season.
How are they similar?
The Covid and Flu viruses seem so similar you’d think they’re tag teaming us. For one, they’re spread pretty much the same way:
- through close contact with an infected person
- from droplets from coughing and sneezing
- and even through surfaces like doorknobs, desks, etc.
But not only that, they also share many of the same symptoms.
- Cough and Shortness of Breath
- Body Aches or muscle pain
- Sore Throat
Now a quick glance at this list might have your head spinning. They’re so similar! But this actually works in your favor. Because many of the things you’re already doing to keep your kiddo healthy during the pandemic will work this flu season. Take that!
So keep up good hand hygiene and sanitize often (especially those germ hotspots like phones, pens, pencils, etc.).
And of course, drinking lots of water, exercising, and getting in all those good vitamins will keep your kiddo’s immune system stronger than ever!
How Do They Differ?
As you know, COVID is the new virus on the block we’re still learning about. But there are some subtle differences that may be helpful. For one, it seems that the flu has a much faster onset than COVID. This means you might feel fine one minute, then aching all over the next.
COVID on the other hand, tends to take a little longer to develop. One healthcare specialist put it like this: “To date, the flu is more likely to appear with rapid onset of illness, high fever and prominent headache and body aches”.
And of course, at this time we currently don’t have a vaccine for COVID-19 like we do for the flu. Vaccination can offer an added layer of protection against the flu, preventing it or at least lowering its effects.
Keep doing what you’re doing!
At the end of the day, getting too caught up on the what if’s will only cause more stress. Let’s focus on what we can control, and keep up the healthy habits we’ve been teaching our little ones all year.
And don’t forget to check out the Immune Builder Bundle! It includes all the must-have essentials your pediatrician recommends for an extra boost this flu season.
*If your little one starts experiencing symptoms, please seek a medical professional.