Flu vs. coronavirus: Similar but different

As researchers learn more about COVID-19, the new coronavirus, they've strived to inform the public about similarities and difference between in and other ailments, such as the flu. It's the unknown nature about the new disease that has many worried.


National News

March 11, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Is it the flu, a cold or the new coronavirus? Patients and doctors alike are parsing signs of illness to figure out who needs what tests or care and how worried they should be.

“You have three different major viruses floating around at the same time,” causing somewhat similar symptoms — but different levels of concern, said Dr. Gary LeRoy, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

So what’s the biggest danger? And why are we responding to them so differently? 

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