Flu vs Covid 19 graphic symptoms of both


  • Begin in 1-4 days after exposure
  • Caused by different influenza virus strains
  • Complications may not occur due to immunity built up over time
  • Prevention includes an annual flu shot


  • Begin 1-14 days after exposure, typically around day 5
  • Caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus
  • Complications may include sudden onset of respiratory complications such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and new loss of taste or smell
  • Prevention includes self-isolation, social distancing and wearing a mask

Both viruses are transmitted by respiratory droplets from an infected person, and both cause fever, chills, cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea and diarrhea