In this post I embed the YouTube video of September 26, 2020, How To Tell If You Have A Cold, The Flu Or Coronavirus, [Link is to the video] from the Today Show [Link is to the Today Show YouTube Channel].
The video, slides, and transcript are an excellent summary of the differences between a cold, the flu, or the coronavirus infection.
But the bottom line is, that for the first day or two so or even longer, it is often impossible for you or your doctor to tell which of the three you have.
So, when you are sick even with what appears to be a minor illness like a cold, you should isolate yourself just in case it is covid.
Here are the summary slides from Dr. Torres’ discussion:
Here is Dr. Torres summary from the YouTube transcript*:
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Transcript of Dr. Torres Summing Up:
03:17SO IF YOU ARE FEELING SICK, IT03:19BEARS REPEATING.03:20WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?03:21>> SO IF YOU ARE FEELING SICK,03:23ONE OF THE THINGS TO DO IS LOOK03:25AT YOUR SYMPTOMS.03:25IF YOUR SYMPTOMS ARE SOMETHING03:26YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF HOME,03:27CERTAINLY TAKE CARE OF IT AT03:28HOME.03:29IF YOU DON’T KNOW, IF YOU03:30HAVEN’T BEEN TESTED AND YOU03:31DON’T KNOW IF IT’S CORONAVIRUS03:32OR FLU OR THE COLD, ASSUME IT’S03:34CORONAVIRUS AT THIS POINT.03:35BECAUSE WE ARE IN A PANDEMIC.03:37SO QUARANTINE YOURSELF.03:38IF YOU’RE GOING TO YOUR DOCTOR’S03:40OFFICE, CALL AHEAD, BECAUSE YOU03:41NEED TO FIND OUT HOW THEY’RE03:42TAKING CARE OF PATIENTS AND03:43LETTING YOU IN.03:44AND TRY TO GET TESTED.03:47RIGHT NOW, THERE’S AN FDA TEST03:48TO PROVE FOR THE COVID AND FLU,03:51BUT IT’S A SENDOUT TEST AND03:52TAKES A LITTLE WHILE TO GET03:53BACK.03:54WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING AT THAT03:56TAKES 15 MINUTES THAT CAN DETECT03:58BOTH OF THEM.03:58YOU WANT TO CALL AHEAD TO MAKE04:00SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE04:01ACCOMMODATIONS AND WHAT YOU NEED04:03TO DO BEFORE YOU GO INTO THE04:04OFFICE.04:04BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU’RE04:06SICK, THINK CORONAVIRUS AT THIS04:07POINT UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE.04:08SO GO AHEAD AND STAY HOME, AVOID04:10OTHER PEOPLE, SO YOU’RE NOT SPREADING IT.