Influenza usually presents some of the following symptoms which can arrive suddenly, these are;
As you see, the symptoms of influenza are very similar to COVID-19, so a diagnostic test is required to determine which one you are presenting. These tests are the RIDT rapid diagnostic test to detect the influenza virus, which gives results between 10 to 15 minutes and is therefore considered a rapid test. There are other tests that can take an hour or more and are performed in specialized laboratories.
Treatment for influenza includes prescription antiviral medications used to relieve symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness, as well as prevent other respiratory complications. Medications to treat influenza and that are approved by the FDA are;
In general, if you have or experience any of the symptoms, request a consultation from a health professional to perform the diagnostic test for influenza, stay home, rest and drink fluids that help with your hydration, follow the treatment recommendations as indicated and watch how your body changes in the face of the virus.
Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades, Centro Nacional de Vacunación y Enfermedades Respiratorias (NCIRD), Influenza (Septiembre, 2020) recuperado de; https://espanol.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm el 30 de septiembre de 2020.