As winter approaches, norovirus – also known as the winter vomiting bug – is likely to infect people. Another more frightening infection is coronavirus. Both are highly contagious, so be aware of how to tell the difference between the two.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed the most common symptoms of a norovirus infection, and these are:Diarrhoea Vomiting Nausea Stomach pain Fever Headache Body aches
According to the CDC, the coronavirus shares the same symptoms as norovirus except for “stomach pain”, and these are:Diarrhoea Vomiting Nausea Fever Headache Muscle or body aches
Other possible signs of a coronavirus infection include the following:Chills Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fatigue New loss of taste or smell Sore throat Congestion or runny nose
One way to differentiate between a coronavirus or norovirus infection is the occurrence of the main symptoms of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is the name of the disease that the coronavirus virus – SARS-CoV-2 – causes.
The NHS said the three main coronavirus symptoms are: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.
“Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms,” explained the NHS.
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Thus, if you have a fever and a cough, it’s more likely you have coronavirus.
The norovirus infection
Norovirus, according to the CDC, causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines (known as acute gastroenteritis).