Due to the similarities of the symptoms between the flu and COVID-19, it is important to know the difference. However, if you are experiencing any symptoms it is better to be safe rather than sorry. If you know the differences, it is possible you can save yourself the hassle of getting tested for COVID-19. Even though the flu and COVID-19 are caused by totally different viruses, they share a number of symptoms: fever, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, body aches, headaches, vomiting, and diarrhea. First, the loss of taste and smell is specific to COVID-19 and is not seen in people who have the flu. Second, the way in which symptoms present themselves in patients is very different. Both the flu and COVID-19 cause a cough and shortness of breath, but overall, COVID-19 symptoms tend to last longer than the flu. It is very important that people work to prevent the spread of both viruses to ensure the safety of themselves and others.