After the Covid-19 Pandemic, our perceptions of what a flu “feels like” can vary and range from sniffles, fatigue and fever to terrible coughs and core throats. Most of the time, we don’t even consider that pneumonia could be what we’re experiencing. And it’s crucial to know the difference. Here’s what to look out for.
First off, let’s break down what pneumonia is. It’s an inflammatory condition of the lung and symptoms can vary depending on what caused the infection as well as the individual’s biology: age, overall health etc.
The most common pneumonia symptoms are: a persistent cough that produces phlegm or sometimes even pus; a fever; shortness of breath; chest pains; fatigue; discolouration of lips or nails indicating a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream; or even confusion.
The above may sound a lot like the typical symptoms of Covid-19. But here are some differences you can look out for.
Flu VS pneumonia
- Flu is caused by a virus, whereas pneumonia can be caused by viral, bacterial or fungal infections.
- Flu can develop quite suddenly, whereas pneumonia has a more gradual onset.
- Pneumonia is considered more serious than a flu and can be fatal. It’s important to seek medical attention immediately if pneumonia is suspected.
It’s important to note that pneumonia can sometimes develop as a complication of the flu, so always monitor your (or your loved one’s) symptoms carefully. A chest x-ray and blood tests may be conducted to diagnose pneumonia. If you are concerned at any point, contact your medical doctor for advice.