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Can you get COVID-19 and the flu at the same time?

Yes. It is possible have flu, as well as other respiratory illnesses, and COVID-19 at the same time. Health experts are still studying how common this can be. Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, making it hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

What are some of the similarities and differences between symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu?

Similarities:
For both COVID-19 and flu, 1 or more days can pass between when a person becomes infected and when he or she starts to experience illness symptoms.

Differences:
If a person has COVID-19, it could take them longer to experience symptoms than if they had flu.

What are some of the common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share?

Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share include:

• Fever or feeling feverish/chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue (tiredness)
• Sore throat

Does the flu also make you lose your taste like COVID-19?

Both flu and COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness with many common sign and symptoms, however, one difference to note is the loss of taste or smell, which is unique to COVID-19. “It is difficult to tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19 by symptoms alone.

What are some of the common symptoms of the COVID-19 disease?

Symptoms may include: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath; fatigue; muscle and body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea.

Are influenza (the flu) and COVID-19 caused by different viruses?

Influenza (the flu) and COVID-19, the illness caused by the pandemic coronavirus, are both contagious respiratory illnesses, meaning they affect your lungs and breathing, and can be spread to others. Although the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu can look similar, the two illnesses are caused by different viruses.

When do you lose your sense of smell and taste with COVID-19?

The present study concludes that the onset of symptoms of loss of smell and taste, associated with COVID-19, occurs 4 to 5 days after other symptoms, and that these symptoms last from 7 to 14 days. Findings, however, varied and there is therefore a need for further studies to clarify the occurrence of these symptoms.

Which symptoms are common to both COVID-19 and allergies?

Symptoms in which both allergies and COVID-19 can have in common include cough, fatigue, headache, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, congestion or runny nose.

How long does it take for symptoms of COVID-19 to appear after exposure?

Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

How common is loss of smell with COVID-19?

Studies suggest that up to half of infected people temporarily lose their ability to perceive smells, although this may be as high as 67% in those with mild to moderate infections – possibly because they tend to be younger, and may be more sensitive to altered olfactory perception.

Can you have allergies and COVID-19 at the same time?

You can have allergies and a viral infection at the same time. If you have classic allergy signs like itchy eyes and a runny nose along with COVID-19 symptoms like fatigue and a fever, call your doctor.

What to do if I am not sure if I am experiencing allergies or COVID-19 symptoms?

If you are experience mild symptoms that you are concerned may be COVID-19, there are a number of testing options available.

In-person testing is available at all Mount Sinai Urgent Care locations for walk-in or scheduled appointment.

Can you contract the COVID-19 through your eyes?

Attaining infection of SARS-CoV-2 through the eyes is much less common than through the nose or mouth. It is usually that eye may be exposed to the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 by touching the contaminated hand or by rubbing.

How does COVID-19 affect the eyes?

Since the start of the pandemic, besides conjunctivitis, COVID-19 has been reported to be associated with other ocular problems including episcleritis, uveitis, lacrimal gland inflammation, changes to the retina and optic nerve, and issues with ocular motility.

Can COVID-19 cause your ears to be clogged?

Although there aren’t many studies on COVID-19 and hearing loss, any upper respiratory infection — including COVID-19 — can lead to a clogged-up feeling in the ears due to swelling and fluid buildup.

Which parts of the body are the most affected by COVID-19?

In the case of COVID-19, the virus primarily attacks the lungs. However, it can also cause your body to produce an overactive immune response which can lead to increased inflammation throughout the body. Myocarditis can impair the heart’s ability to pump blood and send electrical signals.

Are my red eyes allergies or COVID-19?

Only about 1% to 3% of people with COVID-19 will have pinkeye. If you notice that your eyes are red, the odds are that it’s not because of the coronavirus. Call your doctor if you have red eyes with other COVID-19 symptoms.

Can COVID-19 damage organs?

UCLA researchers are the first to create a version of COVID-19 in mice that shows how the disease damages organs other than the lungs. Using their model, the scientists discovered that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can shut down energy production in cells of the heart, kidneys, spleen and other organs.

Is it recommended to take vitamin D during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Vitamin D supplementation could optimize the ability of the immune system to respond appropriately to COVID-19 vaccination. Routine dosing of vitamin D serum levels is neither usual nor inexpensive practice, and in knowledge of the significant percentage of the population that has shown to present vitamin D deficiency.

Is eye infection one of the symptoms of COVID-19?

The new coronavirus behind the pandemic causes a respiratory illness called COVID-19. Its most common symptoms are a fever, coughing, and breathing problems. Rarely, it also can cause an eye infection called conjunctivitis.

Is pink eye a symptom of COVID-19?

Yes, pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, has been reported to be a possible sign of infection from COVID-19. It is still uncertain exactly what percentage of patients with COVID-19 have ocular manifestations and different sources are reporting different numbers.

Does COVID-19 cause gastrointestinal symptoms?

Although respiratory symptoms predominate the clinical manifestations of COVID-19, gastrointestinal symptoms have been observed in a subset of patients. Notably, some patients have nausea/vomiting as the first clinical manifestation of COVID-19, which is often overlooked by people.