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It's also especially important to get a flu shot this year, according to Dr. Sadiya Khan, assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
"By getting a flu vaccine, you not only protect yourself, you boost your own immune system and protect others from the flu as well as a more severe illness if you were to contract both influenza and COVID-19," Khan said in a university news release.
"Getting vaccinated is especially important if you are pregnant or immunocompromised or have direct contact with someone who is," she emphasized.
"One symptom that seems to be unique to COVID-19 is a loss of sense of smell or taste. However, none of these symptoms are perfect to diagnose the cause of 'cold-like' symptoms, and the only way to know for sure is to get tested," she said.
The flu can cause mild to severe illness or even death. Common symptoms include: high fever; sore throat; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; muscle aches or weakness; fatigue; nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
"COVID-19 is caused by a new virus called SARS-CoV-2 and can be asymptomatic or cause mild to severe illness and has contributed to more than 200,000 United States deaths this year. The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to wear a mask outside your home, practice physical distancing and wash hands frequently," Khan said.
Common COVID-19 symptoms include: high fever; cough (it may be a deep cough); shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; muscle aches or weakness; fatigue; nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, and loss of taste and/or smell.
SOURCE: Northwestern University, news release, Oct. 27, 2020
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