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There have been many comparisons between the flu and COVID-19, the coronavirus. As deaths and infection from COVID-19 tick up, many people have brought up the fact that seasonal influenza kills thousands of people each year.

While symptoms do overlap between the two viruses, COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, body aches, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. COVID-19 differs from the flue in that its incubation period is much longer. The flu’s symptoms appear usually after a day of incubation in the body. COVID-19 can incubate between 2 and 14 days in the body before symptoms appear. This longer incubation period makes COVID-19 more dangerous, as people won’t know they have been exposed right away.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that COVID-19 is “10 times more lethal” than the flu.

COVID-19 is also more contagious than the flu. Compared to the flu, COVID-19 can also be asymptomatic in some people, meaning it won’t show in everyone, but can still be transmitted.

Because a flu vaccine exists, we can stop the spread of influenza more readily. At this point, no such COVID-19 vaccine exists.

To help stop the spread of both flu and COVID-19, follow the CDC’s recommendations.

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Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.

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You can avoid getting sick by reducing your meat consumption. Eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.

Interested in joining the dairy-free and meatless train? We highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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