The COVID-19 coronavirus has infected more than 180,000 people around the world, leading to major economic turmoil, unprecedented quarantines, the cancellation of major sporting events and a severe restriction on U.S. travel from Europe.
With all the attention paid to the virus, it’s understandable that many people who become ill wonder whether they have the coronavirus, flu or the common cold.
Review the chart below to help distinguish between the viruses (click or tap to enlarge).
One way to help differentiate between the cold, flu and coronavirus is to pay attention to the speed at which symptoms develop. Cold and coronavirus symptoms typically come on gradually, according to the World Health Organization, whereas flu symptoms often present suddenly.