LAFAYETTE, La. - Covid cases in the state have skyrocketed in the last few weeks thanks to the Delta and Omicron variant. Researchers say the symptoms range from congestion to sore throat and so on. Unfortunatley there is another infection resembling some of those same symptoms.
At this time Influenza and the Coronavirus are surging across the United States. Doctors and the CDC say because both of the infections are contagious respiratory illnessess they can resemble one another quite easily.
"Without a doctor to tell you the difference between if you have the flu or covid its really hard to tell," said Seaton.
For starters both covid and the flu can consist of the same signs and symptoms, one of which can be no symptoms at all or common symtpoms like the ones listed here.
-Fever or feeling feverish/having chills
-Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
-Runny or stuffy nose
-Muscle pain or body aches
-Vomiting and diarrhea
-Change in or loss of taste or smell, although this is more frequent with COVID-19.
"Congestion, hard to breathe, a lot of people say they loose they're taste or smell and I guess that's a good way to differentiate," said Seaton.
Plus anyone can spread either virus for one whole day before experiencing any symptoms by being in close contact with someone else.
Another likeness is older adults, those with underlying medical conditions and pregnant people are all at risk for severe illness.
"I took the pcr test recently when I had omicron and that came back positive," said Richards.
Residents like Isaiah Richards have suffered from both covid and the flu - he says if he hadn't gotten tested he wouldn't have know one virus from the other.
"The chills, the sweats, not eating. woke up in puddles of sweat and the chills were bad, I slept in a sweatsuit with my blanket and it felt like I didn't have anything on," said Richards.
Other similar complications include the following:
-Acute respiratory distress syndrome (fluid in the lungs)
-Sepsis (a life-threatening illness caused by the body’s extreme response to an infection)
-Cardiac injury (for example, heart attacks and stroke)
-Multiple-organ failure (respiratory failure, kidney failure, shock)
-Worsening of chronic medical conditions (involving the lungs, heart, or nervous system or diabetes)
-Inflammation of the heart, brain, or muscle tissues
-Secondary infections (bacterial or fungal infections that can occur in people who have already been infected with flu or COVID-19)
Covid & flu complications are alike as well in addition to there approved treatments including getting vaccinated. Both flu and covid vaccines are auhtorized by the food and drug administration.
Of those similarites one of the major differences is when each infection occurs. A seasonal flu happens every fall and winter in the U.S. Meanwhile a pandemic like covid is rare, there's only been 4 in the past 100 years.
With the flu and covid surging across the state it's important to take note of their differences as well. For more information on that please visit www.cdc.gov