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If you do not lose your sense of taste or smell, you have regular flu and not COVID-19.

According to WHO, the most common COVID-19 symptoms include a high temperature, dry cough, and fatigue.

According to WHO, the most common COVID-19 symptoms include a high temperature, dry cough, and fatigue.The World Health Organization explains that the most common COVID-19 symptoms are fever, dry cough and fatigue. In addition, symptoms like loss of taste or smell, headache and aches or pains are less common and may not occur in every patient.

A common discourse around COVID-19 has been its similarity to the regular flu. Flu or Influenza is caused by influenza viruses, while COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus infection first identified in China in 2019. Both are airborne and can spread through large or small virus particles expelled by infected people through cough, sneeze or talk. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention elaborates the difference between the two respiratory illnesses. The health protection agency explains that due to similar symptoms of flu and COVID-19, the distinction between the two respiratory illnesses cannot be made on symptoms alone. The main contrast between the regular flu and COVID-19 is in the incubation period of the two illnesses. Flu symptoms can show up between one and four days, while in COVID-19, symptoms can appear between two and 14 days after infection.

However, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you must get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and self-isolate till the cause of illness is confirmed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.

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