WATCH — How to tell the difference between cold or flu and COVID-19
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:
- What’s it like to get a COVID-19 test?
- What is the second wave?
- What are COVID-19 symptoms in kids?
- What is contact tracing?
- How are vaccines made?
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