How can I tell coronavirus symptoms from a cold or the flu?

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Cold? Flu? Covid-19? Reported symptoms may vary from case to case. But generally, influenza comes on suddenly while colds and COVID-19 come on more gradually.

This Twitter user’s chart, compiled using info from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, gives at-a-glance comparisons.

A helpful Atlanta Journal-Constitution article expands on the chart:

Coronavirus, cold or the flu? Here’s how to tell the difference…


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