Washington Post 04.09.2020

“On the verge of another flu season, Americans know a lot more about [COVID-19], the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.” However, “doctors may be just as much in the dark when it comes to distinguishing it without a lab test for influenza or several other common seasonal viruses, including adenovirus or RSV.” All of these illnesses “often share initial symptoms that may include a cough, fever, fatigue and muscle aches.” The CDC has listed dyspnea, or difficulty breathing, “as one of only two symptoms (along with loss of taste and smell) not commonly shared with influenza.”