Norway is entering the high season for colds. Some of the main symptoms of COVID-19 are clearly different from the common cold. Here’s a little help to distinguish the two.
Fever, cough, and wheezing are the main symptoms of COVID-19.
You do not get shortness of breath from a cold.
Fever is also rare with colds. Coughing is more common.
Colds are among the most common diseases, and they often last only a few days.
Colds are a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract – nose, throat, and trachea. Many viruses cause colds.
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For colds, sore throat, sneezing, and runny nose are common symptoms. When it comes to COVID-19, these are rarely or only occasionally registered.
For COVID-19, decreased sense of smell and taste, headache, lethargy, and muscle aches are common symptoms. With a cold, you only see these symptoms rarely.
Common flu has several symptoms similar to COVID-19, but shortness of breath is rare.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested.
Source: National Institute of Public Health (FHI) and helsenorge.no
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