Do I have a cold, or am I infected with COVID-19? Here are the different symptoms

SneezingPhoto: Cornelius Poppe / NTB

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

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