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Is My Sore Throat Due to Common Cold or COVID?

The coronavirus pandemic has got us all confused since a lot of COVID-19 symptoms imitate the symptoms of a common cold. In the flu season, where sore throats are a common occurrence, people could mistake the common cold for the virus and get stressed out. In this article, we will tell you the difference between a common cold and coronavirus by making a comparative analysis of their respective symptoms. 

If your symptoms are the symptoms of a common cold then medicine, home remedies, and a few day’s rests will do. If you feel that your symptoms are aligning towards COVID-19 then make sure to visit your nearest doctor immediately and get tested. There is no need to fear the coronavirus as well since its vaccine has already been released for popular circulation and in most cases, complete rest for a few, and home remedies are enough to combat it. It is, however, important to know whether or not you are a carrier of the virus to quarantine so that it doesn’t spread further. Without further ado then, let’s take a look at the symptoms of the common cold and the coronavirus. 

Coronavirus Versus Common Cold

As mentioned in the previous section, there are several overlappings between COVID-19 symptoms and the common cold. There are, however, several ways to distinguish between the coronavirus and a common cold based on the latest medical research. 

The Following Are The Symptoms Of Sore Throat Due To Common Cold:

  • A Rough And Scratchy Feeling In The Throat
  • Pain During Swallowing
  • Swollen Tonsils
  • Red Tonsils
  • Swollen Neck Glands
  • A Change In The Pitch Of The Voice
  • White Marks On The Tonsils


The Following Are The Symptoms Of Sore Throat Due To COVID- 19

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Body Ache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss Of Taste
  • Loss Of Smell

Important Note

The coronavirus affects different people differently. Sometimes, people have common cold-like symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Sore throat is also one of the common symptoms of COVID. Here are some symptoms which are most likely the result of you being infected by the coronavirus: 

  • Chest Pain
  • Difficulty In Breathing
  • Bluish Lips
  • Blue Tinge On The Face
  • Loss Of Taste And Smell


Loss of Taste and Smell

Your sore throat is a part of COVID-19 symptoms when you face a loss in your smell and taste. If it is a normal sore throat, it is not accompanied by a loss in smell and taste. Moreover, a sore throat due to COVID-19 persists for a longer period (more than a week).

About The Author

Toni is a full-time writer for wellbeinghacks.com, a site dedicated to providing high-quality health articles in a simple and understandable way so that people without medical knowledge might be able to understand it. His aim to educate the readers in terms of health and advise them that the best health care is self-care.