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What distinguishes flu from coronavirus?

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Part of our latest webinar, Ready for Winter, highlighted the key differences between coronavirus and flu, with epidemiologist Mark Springer from Spokane Regional Health District and King County Health and Environmental Investigator Doug Dyer.

This time of year we deal with cold, flu and now coronavirus. Flu is a familiar disease — it’s defined by a high fever, coughing and a sore throat. Flu is distinguished from the common cold by the presence of body aches and sensitivity. 

Similarly, coronavirus has its own unique symptoms, particularly some GI-related symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea as well as breathing difficulties. A loss of taste and smell is a very unique tell of coronavirus.

Ultimately, if you have cause for concern, you should seek a test to verify your status.