It is difficult to differentiate the flu from coronavirus and vice versa as they share some of the same symptoms.
As they share some of the same symptoms, it is difficult to tell the flu from coronavirus and vice versa. Experts are concerned that a rise in flu cases in the coming months due to seasonal changes may be a new challenge in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the world. Turkey has recorded improvement in its fight against the outbreak and now considers charting a new route as a precaution during the flu season.
Professor Serap Şimşek Yavuz, a member of the Health Ministry’s Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board, says the ministry’s laboratories are working on the development of a new test. The test will allow doctors to take a single sample from patients and diagnose whether the person is infected with COVID-19 or the flu, thus removing the blurred line between the two illnesses.
Yavuz says flu cases were lower in the southern hemisphere but the more crowded north “may not be that lucky.” She told Demirören News Agency (DHA) on Wednesday that the outbreak which broke out in Turkey in March led to a delay in the data analysis of flu cases. “It is expected that flu cases will be relatively lower if we stick to measures we took against COVID-19, namely, wearing masks, staying away from crowds and being careful about the distance between us. COVID-19 and the flu have similar features of infection though the former is more infectious. Still, we need further disease surveillance,” she said.