CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – As flu cases continue to rise here in the state, 22News is working for you on the differences between COVID-19 and the flu.

Both the flu and COVID-19 can have many different degrees of symptoms from asymptomatic to severe. The CDC says common symptoms that they share include fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulties breathing.

Flu Symptoms

Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Some major differences come from how long symptoms appear after exposure, how they are spread, and the level of severity of the two illnesses. COVID tends to cause more serious illnesses in some people.