This fall, it’s especially important to get vaccinated since flu is not the only respiratory
illness to be concerned about. Since August, there has been an increased spread of the COVID-19 virus and an early, unusual rise of Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV. Doctors believe that with the recent end to masking requirements, more in-person activities planned and added contact with others, these viruses are showing up early and will become more prevalent as we move into winter.
It's likely these three highly contagious respiratory illnesses (RSV, flu and COVID-19) will be circulating at the same time, have similar symptoms and coinfect a person simultaneously. For most, symptoms will be mild and they will recover quickly if given the time and rest needed to heal. However, all three carry the potential for serious symptoms and complications. Depending on the virus, some people are more at risk for severe illness than others which can lead to hospitalization and even death. COVID-19 comes with the added danger of contracting long COVID-19 – where symptoms persist for months.
Fever, chills, body aches, and cough; all seen with catching a cold, the flu, and COVID-19. So, what are the differences? The infographic shows some common symptoms and differences for each illness. All things to watch out for as the weather cools.