(DailyDig.com) – Are you feeling a bit under the weather? The holidays are a common time for many people to get sick. With so many gatherings and visits, illnesses tend to spread at a much faster rate. The emergence of the Omicron variant makes it understandable to be worried about contracting the COVID-19 virus, but avoid assuming you have it the moment you feel a sneeze coming on. There are plenty of other ways to get sick.
While influenza appears to have been mild in the 2020 to 2021 season, the virus still commonly infects people, especially during the “flu season” — which just so happens to be right around the holidays. Influenza can also be serious, and catching it is certainly no fun; you may experience coughing, chills, fever, sore throat, body aches, stuffed or runny nose, fatigue, and in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea.
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As many as eight of those symptoms also apply to COVID-19, making it occasionally difficult to distinguish from the flu. The most prominent telltale marker for COVID-19 is a new loss of taste or smell. Some people also experience shortness of breath.
While you may feel miserable and even find it hard to breathe while suffering from influenza, coronavirus can actually interfere with lung function and drop oxygen saturation levels. Shortness of breath can also occur with the common cold or influenza, mainly if a patient develops secondary pneumonia or other complications.
Remember that washing your hands and practicing good hygiene is essential to avoid getting sick. That’s true whether you’re warding off the flu or COVID-19.
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