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HILDEN, GERMANY - MARCH 11: An employee of German biotech company Qiagen demonstrates the use of the Qiagen QIAstat-Dx testing device for infectious diseases at the Qiagen plant on March 11, 2020 in Hilden, Germany. Qiagen has modified the device for testing fluid samples for coronavirus infection and Qiagen is seeking to deliver it to hospitals, clinics and doctors across Europe. Germany has registered approximately 1,200 cases of coronavirus infection and recently reported its first two deaths. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)

A few differences from the flu to know about…

Flu season is coming up, so this is good to know.  A new study looked at the order COVID-19 symptoms usually happen.  And it’s different than the flu.

That doesn’t mean they ALWAYS happen in the same order.  But researchers looked at more than 50,000 coronavirus cases, and figured out when symptoms are most likely to show up.

Here are five early COVID symptoms, and the order they usually happen in . . .

1.  Fever.  That’s the first symptom people usually notice.

2.  Cough.  The order of those first two is important, because it’s the opposite of the flu.  With the flu, you’re more likely to have a cough first and then a fever.

3.  Muscle pain.  So, general soreness or achiness.

4.  And upset stomach, or vomiting.

5.  Diarrhea.

Those last two are also interesting, because it’s the opposite of other coronaviruses.  With SARS and MERS, an upset stomach usually happens later.

Here’s a link to the study.  

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