It’s difficult to tell the difference but there are clues to look for, doctors say You’re sneezing, coughing and feeling a scratch in your throat.
Do you have the flu? RSV? Covid-19? Strep throat? The stew of illnesses swirling through the population right now has many of us sick, sometimes for weeks, but unsure what, exactly, we have.
If you’re having symptoms, how can you tell which virus or infection you have? Because flu, Covid, and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, have virtually indistinguishable symptoms, doctors say, it’s almost impossible to know without a test.
It may not matter which flavor of seasonal virus you’ve got. Unless you’re severely ill or are in a high-risk group for severe illness or hospitalization, doctors’ advice is largely the same: stay home and rest until you’re feeling better.