4 Warning Signs of Coronavirus, And How It Differs from Flu

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The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has caused more than 90,000 infections and 3,000 deaths globally this winter. With increasing number of coronavirus cases reported in the US, people start to concern about the health of themselves and their loved ones.



The problem is we don’t just have the coronavirus. We also have flu, of which the symptoms are similar to that of coronavirus. So how does the coronavirus differ from flu?


There are 4 warning signs of coronavirus, according to CDC and WHO:


  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness


While on the WHO website, the three main symptoms are fever, dry cough and tiredness. WHO also claims that “some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.”



Common flu signs and symptoms are listed on the CDC website:


  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.


*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.



You can see from the symptoms of flu and coronavirus that they present high similarity. Patients with both diseases may have fever, cough, body aches and sores, sore throat, etc.


To find out how to differ coronavirus from flu, I searched some info from a Chinese health website, and found that:


  • A coronavirus patient usually has dry cough or cough with clear mucus;
  • A flu patient usually has cough that brings up yellowish phlegm.


Experts also say that this new strain is more likely to trigger a cough and fever.



The symptoms of coronavirus usually appear 2 – 14 days after contracting the virus, but the incubation period can be up to 24 days.


If you have traveled to any of the affected countries or cities and have a cough, high body temperature or shortness of breath, you should call your doctor and avoid contact with other people.



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4 Answers

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Is there any hand sanitizer that kills viruses?
Great question* fallowing
Yes.  Use a hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol.  They say 63-70%, but most are 70%. Washing hands is crucial to avoiding this.
Thats a really good thing cause if you have kids in the house you can use that cuz u know they touch every thing
75%, purell - however, some Japanese website said washing hands is more effective than hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer can be used when you can't wash your hands.
You can use alcohol-based sanitizer to wipe the surface of objects in your house, Do NOt use Dettol, Dettol don't kill the coronavirus!!!
Any rubbing alcohol that is above 80% is effective. Colloidal silver is very effective. In my research I have found that zinc stops the replication of RNA viruses, I am not sure that a supplement would do the trick, but true colloidal zinc may. I am not a Dr, the information about hand sanitizers is true and correct.
 The part about zinc, needs more looking in to.
How come you say "there are 4 warning signs of coronavirus according to CDC"

and then list 3 symptoms?  Kind of compromises credibility.
Sorry that was a typo. There are 4 signs according to CDC and WHO, but 3 signs by CDC only. I've edited the post.
Agree. Seems list of symptoms not warning signs
Some  of these symptoms are almost like if you have COPD, except with COPD you don't get a fever, but you do get quite a few of the symptoms.
I , my boyfriend has coughing  , running noise . He has a fever , dirhera , body ache . , tired . I'm tired no fever or body ache he does . he says he frezzing
He needs testing sounds like it could be CORONAVIRUS or common flu. But I would test to be sure