Since a cold, the flu and COVID-19 are all viral infections that affect the respiratory system, their symptoms can be similar. For example, cough, runny nose and sore throat are typical symptoms of both flu and cold.
Cold & Flu
Where the two diseases differ is in the severity of the symptoms. Although a cold is no walk in the park, the flu is downright miserable! A cold rarely makes you feel achy or feverish, and even so these symptoms will be much less severe than those associated with the flu. For example, flu fevers are typically higher, often reaching 39 to 40 degrees Celsius.
Also, the flu can affect your entire body, not just your respiratory system. Fatigue, headaches and severe aches and pain are very common among flu sufferers. Some are even affected by shaking chills.
The Flu also lasts a lot longer than the common cold. You can usually expect to recover from your cold after a week, but a flu lasts for approximately 10 days.
Many symptoms of the cold or the flu are also found in COVID-19, which is why it can be hard to make a distinction. The 3 main symptoms are fever, shortness of breath and cough.*
Given the current situation, if you want to relieve your symptoms, contact your pharmacist directly on the phone. They will be able to assess your situation and recommend a product that is right for you. If you cannot leave the house or are in self-isolation, enquire with your pharmacist about the different options they can provide your medication, such as home deliveries, if available. Remember that it is important and recommended to stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, as to not spread the virus.
Most people can treat their sickness by staying at home and resting. In certain circumstances, however, you should see a doctor or healthcare professional to make sure the flu doesn’t progress into something more severe. If you suspect you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the following steps are recommended:
Call your pharmacist to review your situation over the phone and discuss the best way to receive your medication.
If you are experiencing severe shortness of breath, immediately seek emergency help (call 911).
The cold can’t be prevented with vaccination.
However, we can prevent the flu and its complications by getting an annual flu shot. Every year, there are new strains of flu, thus why it is important to get vaccinated every year.
Vaccines against COVID-19 are also available. Vaccination related to public health measures offer the best protection against COVID-19. Vaccination against COVID-19 helps prevent the development of moderate to severe symptoms, while reducing the chances of serious complications or hospitalization.
Talk to your pharmacist about vaccines against the cold or COVID-19. Your pharmacist will provide you with information on their efficacy, clinical manifestations, administration calendar, optimal administration time etc.