WATCH — How to tell the difference between cold or flu and COVID-19

Saara Chaudry
Story by Saara Chaudry • CBC Kids News • Published 2020-10-21 11:00

Lots of overlapping symptoms

How does COVID-19 compare to a regular cold or flu?

Well, sometimes getting COVID-19 feels like “you’ve been hit by by a truck.”

At least, that’s how Dr. Caroline Quach put it on Oct. 10, when asked to describe the feeling during the CBC Kids News Back-to-School Check-In in Minecraft.

Of course, other times, people barely experience any symptoms at all.

Either way, it’s “very hard to differentiate” between COVID-19 and a regular cold or flu, said the pediatrician and infectious diseases specialist, who’s based at the Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal.

The problem is, the symptoms are just too similar.

So, how are you supposed to know whether you have a case of the sniffles, or whether it’s time to get tested for COVID-19?

Check out this video for tips on what to watch for:

Be sure to watch these videos for more information about COVID-19:


TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Graphic design by Philip Street/CBC

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About the Contributor

Saara Chaudry
Saara Chaudry
CBC Kids News Contributor
Saara Chaudry is passionate about having a positive impact on the world, whether it's within her community, on the big screen or in her role as a CBC Kids News contributor. The 16-year-old from Toronto played Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Howie on Max & Shred and Dana's older sister on Dino Dana. She was also the voice of Parvana in The Breadwinner, the feature film nominated for an Oscar, along with the Golden Globe and Canadian Screen awards.

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