Common Cold vs COVID-19 symptoms – what are the differences? As a Cancer Healthcare Navigator and a trained Virologist I am very alarmed at the type and amount of misinformation about COVID-19 on the internet, social media and media. I have put this short video to summarise the key differences between the symptoms of the Common Cold and COVID-19 to help you tell them apart quickly.
In Australia there is much more Common Cold than COVID-19 at the moment. Scared people are clogging up the healthcare system because of fear and lack of knowledge about these very different respiratory viruses, so let me help clarify this with my short video.
Summary Cold vs COVID-19
- Cold – sneezing and runny nose, cover your nose if sneezing, cough into your elbow, wash your hands properly with soap – stay at home! Your GP has no treatment for the Common Cold virus.
- COVID-19 – coughing and fever – cover your mouth when coughing and cough into your elbow, wash your hands properly with soap and wear a mask to stop spread to your family, and other people. Call the COVID-19 hotline 1800 020 080, ring ahead to your GP and let them know you think you need COVID-19 testing. The majority of people will get over COVID-19 by themselves. Those with other diseases, such as cancer, and the elderly are at high risk of complications and not getting over COVID-19 easily without healthcare help, so keep the lines free.
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Dr Rachel provides translation of complex medical information for those who have received a cancer diagnosis and their families and consults to companies on a range of complex medical topics including virology.