Covid-19 vs Cold
Posted October 7, 2022 by Anusha ‐ 1 min read
COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory disease caused by infection with the virus SARS-CoV-2. It usually spreads between people who are in close contact (within 6 feet, or 2 meters). The virus spreads through respiratory droplets released when someone breathes, coughs, sneezes, talks or sings.
Differences between Covid-19 and Cold
Both COVID-19 and the common cold are caused by viruses.
COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2, while the common cold is most often caused by rhinoviruses.
These viruses spread in similar ways and cause many of the same signs and symptoms.
While COVID-19 symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure to SARS-CoV-2, symptoms of a common cold usually appear one to three days after exposure to a cold-causing virus.
There’s no cure for the common cold.
Treatment may include pain relievers and over-the-counter cold remedies, such as decongestants.
Unlike COVID-19, a cold is usually harmless.
Most people recover from a common cold in three to 10 days, although some colds may last as long as two or three weeks.
|Symptom or sign||COVID-19||Cold|
|Cough||Usually seen (dry)||Usually seen|
|Muscle aches||Usually seen||Observed Sometimes|
|Tiredness||Usually seen||Observed Sometimes|
|Sneezing||Rarely observed||Observed Sometimes|
|Sore throat||Usually seen||Usually seen|
|Runny or stuffy nose||Usually seen||Usually seen|
|Fever||Usually seen||Observed Sometimes|
|Nausea or vomiting||Observed Sometimes||Never|
|New loss of taste or smell||Usually (early — often without a runny or stuffy nose)||Sometimes (especially with a stuffy nose)|