COVID-19 and flu How are they different?

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Are COVID-19 and flu the same?

It is hard to know the difference between COVID-19 and flu

Although there are some differences between flu and COVID-19, they also share signs and symptoms.

  • It can be very difficult to distinguish between the symptoms of COVID-19, influenza, and a cold.
  • If you have any infection or respiratory symptoms, self-isolate.
  • Follow your state or territory guidelines about COVID-19 testing and contact your GP or pharmacist for further advice.

Do you or the person you’re with have:

  • a headache
  • muscle pains
  • joint pain
  • a runny nose
  • nausea
  • vomiting or diarrhoea
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • recent onset blocked nose

Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations are important

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has stated that COVID-19 and flu vaccines can be given at the same time. Talk to your GP or pharmacist for more information.2

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