Seasonal Flu and COVID-19: What to know about both
As our community continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, getting a flu shot can help keep more New Mexicans healthy and out of the hospital.
What is the difference between the flu and COVID-19?
While the flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.
Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference based on symptoms alone and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.