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COVID-19 and flu season: How seniors can prepare

wrote for Bankrate that itis the middle of flu season, and COVID-19 numbers are rising, which means it’s important for seniors to take precautions and become more prepared in the unexpected event of illness. This time of year is even more dangerous since it is possible to catch both flu and COVID-19 simultaneously. Even when there is no worldwide pandemic, securing adequate insurance protection and reviewing existing policies is a wise move to protect assets and provide for loved ones. It’s a good idea for everyone, especially the elderly, to review life affairs such as health insurance, life insurance, powers of attorney, personal financial records, and household information.

How to prepare for Coronavirus and Flu season

COVID-19 vs. Flu

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), while the flu can circulate year-round, most flu activity peaks between December and February, with activity lasting as late as May. It’s important to understand that while COVID-19 and flu symptoms may be similar, there are some key differences. COVID-19 symptoms tend to be more severe than the flu, and the new virus can also cause a loss of taste and smell.

Symptoms of COVID-19 vs. Flu

Symptoms COVID-19 Flu
Fever Yes Yes
Cough Yes Yes
Headache Yes Yes
Sore throat Yes Yes
Loss of taste or smell Yes No
Shortness of breath Yes Yes
Fatigue Yes Yes
Diarrhea or vomiting Yes Yes
Runny nose Yes Yes

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