Saturday, July 2

Coronavirus: why in the future we should treat covid-19 like norovirus and not like the flu

  • Sarah Pitt
  • The Conversation*

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Due to the type of symptoms, you tend to buy covid-19 with the flu.

Since the symptoms of Covid-19 – fever, cough, aches – are similar to symptoms of the flu, it is tempting to compare the two.

In fact, the new UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid recently said: “We will have to learn to accept the existence of covid-19 and find ways to deal with it, just as we already do with the flu.”

But have we chosen the wrong disease to compare to covid-19?

Outside of a pandemic, we accept that seasonal flu is an infection that anyone can get.

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