Double epidemic of Covid and flu: new symptoms are confusing

New symptoms have been added to the list of signs of a flu infection. However, these are very characteristic symptoms… of the Covid!

Nope, the Covid epidemic is not over. the virus continues to evolve and today scientists are seeing the emergence of new variants rapidly changing. Among them : Cerberus, Griffin, Typhoon…

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Moreover, while a 8th wave threatens to surge this winter in France and all over the world, this epidemic could be doubled with flu epidemic. A flu that could make a comeback after a less marked year 2021 due to the covid and barrier gestures. Due in particular to a strain (H3N2) which has already wreaked havoc in the past.

Diarrhea too

However, while the manifestations of influenza and Covid can ultimately be very close, sometimes confusing, the CDC (American Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has added new lines to the symptoms of influenza. Of new symptoms characteristics… of the Covid!

And for good reason, according to the CDC, the loss of taste (ageusia) and of thesense of smell (anosmia) are also flu symptoms.

According to the CDC, the flu and Covid share many symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Tired (tired)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or aches
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Change or loss of taste or smell

Regarding the diarrheathe CDC specifies however that it is “more common in children with influenza, but can occur at any age with COVID-19”. While the losses of taste and smell are “more frequent with COVID-19”.

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