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Cold or COVID-19: The differences between the symptoms

It's not always easy to tell the difference between a cold and COVID-19, especially since the symptoms can be quite similar. But it is important to know the differences between these two diseases in order to take the right measures and avoid spreading the disease further. In this article, we will give you a detailed overview of the differences between the symptoms of a cold and COVID-19.


Symptoms of a cold


Colds are usually caused by viral infections, usually rhinovirus, and occur at any time of the year. The symptoms of a cold usually include nasal congestion, coughing, sore throat and sneezing. Often you also feel tired and generally uncomfortable.

Symptoms of COVID-19


COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and has caused a global pandemic. The symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe and can include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, difficulty breathing, cough and sore throat. Another symptom that is common is the loss of the sense of smell and taste.


The differences between the common cold and COVID-19


Although the symptoms of the common cold and COVID-19 can be quite similar, there are some important differences to be aware of. Firstly, the cause of the common cold is usually a viral infection, while COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Secondly, colds are most often spread by droplets from coughing or sneezing, while COVID-19 is spread by droplet infection and airborne infection. This means that COVID-19 is much more contagious than a common cold.


Third, COVID-19 can cause other and more serious symptoms than colds. This includes difficulty breathing, which can lead to pneumonia and other complications.


How to protect yourself and others


There are several things you can do to reduce the risk of spreading colds or COVID-19. Washing your hands often and thoroughly is one of the most important things you can do. You should also avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth, as viruses can be transmitted this way. If you are sick, you should stay at home and avoid contact with others.

We also recommend that you get a vaccine against COVID-19, if you have the opportunity according to the public health authority's recommendations. Vaccine is the best method to protect you against serious illness caused by COVID-19.

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