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How is Covid-19 different from swine flu?

Pandemics have been creating horrifying experiences by disturbing the normal functioning of societies for years. Nowadays, even after technological advancement, they continue to cause hazardous situations in our lives. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, people all over the world have to live their life in panic. Scientists and medical experts are compelled to come out of their comfort level and make efforts day and night to find a suitable vaccine to restrain the spread of the virus.

In a way to find the suitable solution, researchers have been comparing COVID-19 with other major pandemics several times, especially swine flu. Most of the characteristics of both viruses match in terms of diagnoses and symptoms, yet there are lots of differences. Let’s check what those are!

What is Swine flu?

Swine flu created the greatest havoc and serious panics among people in various parts of the world before COVID-19. This novel influenza virus rolled in the spring season of 2009. In contrast, a new strain of virus Covid-19 is a novel coronavirus that was never identified in humans before.  

Swine flu was detected in the US as a fusion of flu genes that hasn’t been previously seen in people or animals before. After some time, it was identified just like a strain of another seasonal influenza. 

How is Covid-19 different from Swine flu?

Swine flu outbreak in 2009 was the second H1N1 pandemic in the world after the 1918 spanish flu (the most fatal pandemics in history).  Covid-19 is a coronavirus that was never detected in humans before. Also, the death rate of Covid-19 is much higher than the swine flu.

Coronavirus severely affects old age people and people with prior medical conditions, however Swine flu majorly affected youths and children. 

More than 60.8 million people got infected by swine flu, comparatively the number of infections and death counts are much higher in case of coronavirus.

Covid-19 and Swine flu- Signs and Symptoms

Both diseases differ from one another, yet they deliver the same symptoms. Fever, sore throat, fatigue and body ache are a few symptoms of swine flu. 

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, dry cough, fatigue, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, headache, etc.

Covid-19 and Swine flu: Diagnosis

Diagnosis of both swine flu and covid-19 is done with the aid of nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab. Other than this, rapid tests for both diseases can deliver results within hours.

Covid-19 and swine flu: Vaccine and treatments

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H1N1 flu is treated with flu vaccines and antiviral medications. There have been no major successes in developing a clinically approved vaccine for Covid-19.

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