Learn the similarities and differences between COVID-19 and influenza and ways to keep your family healthy

Every fall and winter, parents prepare for flu season and take steps to protect their families. As COVID‑19 continues to spread, parents may wonder how to tell the difference between the two respiratory illnesses.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of influenza (flu) and COVID‑19 are similar, and there is no simple way to tell them apart. Both COVID-19 and flu are respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. However, it can be helpful to understand the differences between viruses and how they can affect children.

Symptoms of flu and COVID-19 can vary, ranging from mild or no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe illness. Learn more about navigating flu season during the pandemic and ways to keep your family healthy.

How is coronavirus different than the flu?