Leslie Haddock-Dehart 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
|Loss of taste or smell||Yes||No|
|Shortness of breath||Yes||Yes|
|Diarrhea or vomiting||Yes||Yes|