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Unsure if you have Covid or the flu? Here's how to tell the difference

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) this week declared a spike in South Africa's influenza numbers. 

NICD top of the Center for Respiratory Disease and Meningitis (CRDM), Professor Cheryl Cohen announced a consistent expansion in the quantity of influenza cases from week 34 (week beginning in August 23, 2021), with a sharp expansion in week 44 (week beginning on November 1 2021). 

With the fourth Covid-19 wave expected, how can one separate among influenza and Covid-19? 

As indicated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), influenza and Covid-19 are both infectious respiratory ailments, however they are brought about by various infections. 

"Coronavirus is brought about by contamination with a Covid originally recognized in 2019, and influenza is brought about by disease with flu infections," the CDC said. 

Flu symptoms

fever or feeling hot/chills 


sore throat 

runny or stodgy nose 

muscle or body throbs 


exhaustion (sleepiness) 

The CDC said certain individuals might have spewing and looseness of the bowels, however this is more normal in kids than grown-ups. 

Coronavirus symptoms

fever or chills 


windedness or trouble relaxing 


muscle or body throbs 


new loss of taste or smell 

sore throat 

blockage or runny nose 

queasiness or heaving 

looseness of the bowels 

Clinical disease transmission expert at the CRDM, Dr Sibongile Walaza added that albeit a great many people with influenza will give gentle ailment, it might cause serious sickness which might require hospitalization or result in death. 

Assuming you experience any trouble breathing or moving about, contact your primary care physician or medical care proficient right away. 

Stay safe: Do not forget to wash and sanitize your hands and maintain social distance. Wear face mask in public areas, coronavirus kills. Together we can defeat this deadly disease. Thank you for reading this article

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