Posted on 11 March 2020
For a large number of people, the symptoms of COVID-19 will be very similar to those of seasonal flu. However, some key differences set it apart: primarily the intensity of the symptoms and the recovery period.
The onset of coronavirus symptoms is more sudden, and recovery can take 2 to 6 weeks depending on severity. A stuffy/runny nose appears to be more indicative of flu or common cold, but most major seasonal flu symptoms are shared with coronavirus.
If you experience flu-like symptoms, but have not been in contact with any confirmed cases of COVID-19, it is still unlikely that what you have is coronavirus at this stage. However, coronavirus testing is currently limited, and even if you think you have flu or a cold, it may still be advisable to self-isolate at home, though official advice on this matter varies between countries. Those who have been in contact with a confirmed case or recently travelled abroad are advised not to visit the doctor or hospital, but to follow the relevant pathways their government has provided.
Coronavirus: How it is different from seasonal flu and common cold: https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/coronavirus-how-it-is-different-from-season-flu-and-common-cold/story-IBM6RCMVRhqEc5F8PB3PaL.html
You Have A Fever And A Dry Cough. Now What?: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/10/814091024/you-have-a-fever-and-a-dry-cough-now-what?ft=nprml&f=1001&t=1583929458960