COVID19 Symptoms vs Common Flu Symptoms

CAPE TOWN – With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa and with a nationwide lockdown looming. Here are the typical symptoms for the common seasonal flu compared to COVID-19 to help you stay informed ;



Common Flu

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)


  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint ache or pain
  • Body chills

The defining symptoms that set COVID-19 apart and which may vary from person to person are:-

  • Dry cough (can be felt in your chest and not throat as the bronchial tubes
    are inflamed)
  • Coughing up mucus (the virus attacks the villi in the lung cells which
    eventually leads to fluid building in the lungs)
  • Shortness of breath (as oxygen is unable to be fully absorbed into the
  • Lack of smell or taste


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