Fever and dry cough are the most common initial symptoms of COVID-19, not, as many might think, a runny nose or cold.
With coronavirus at the top of our minds these days, it’s easy to assume anyone with cough, fever, sore throat, or any muscle aches could have the novel coronavirus. But in fact, for the vast majority of people, these symptoms will most likely be the result of a cold, or influenza B (the flu), which is still going around this time of year. And whether you have a cold, the flu or COVID-19, the things we can do to increase our comfort with each of these are pretty much the same.
“The treatments are very similar because the symptoms you get [with COVID-19] are virtually identical,” says Dr. Sohail Gandhi, president of the Ontario Medical Association. “Fever, cough, and muscle aches are very similar and the course of illness is also mostly identical: rest, fluids, and Tylenol are the important things to do.”