It is impossible to distinguish between COVID-19 and the flu based solely on symptoms, because they are too alike. A screening test must be performed to identify the presence of COVID-19.
A cold and the flu are respiratory tract infections that are often confused. Colds are more common and milder than the flu. The flu can be very serious.
Flu symptoms and their severity can vary with age and health status.
Aches and pains
Nausea and vomiting
Runny or stuffy nose
You can call Info-Santé 811 any time for specific advice about your situation.
If you have flu symptoms, see the Flu (Influenza) page for advice on how to treat yourself.
Preventing transmission of viruses and bacteria
Coughing and sneezing without contaminating
October 6, 2022
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