However, COVID-19 has been traced to a new strain of coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2. As of this writing, several clinical trials are underway across the world.
Usually, vaccinations allow the immune system of the person to train and learn about the virus, therefore making it stronger in the process.
What is the difference between flu and COVID-19? It does seem that, on the surface, these two viruses have much in common with each other. Both are viral infections that invade hosts, then infect and “trick” cells into producing more of their kind.
For COVID-19, this often results in the immune system kicking into overdrive, or what is known as a “cytokine storm.”
Both viruses exhibit symptoms that mostly attack the respiratory system. And can trigger pre-existing conditions cases to flare, such as asthma and pneumonia.
And both viruses can be fatal.
As the world is learning more about COVID-19 each day, there is still much uncertainty. But one thing’s for sure: discoveries are waiting to be made.
And with medical advancements coupled with diligent research, COVID-19 could, hopefully, add one more similarity to the flu: a vaccine available to all.
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