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Influenza and COVID-19

This information is about influenza and COVID-19, prevalent conditions affecting many individuals, particularly those who are in close contact with others. Our objective is to provide clear and concise guidance to aid in understanding the complexities of influenza and COVID-19, identifying contributing factors to their transmission, and exploring effective strategies for prevention, managing symptoms, and promoting overall health and well-being within communities.

What are Influenza and COVID-19? 

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, and COVID-19 are viral respiratory infections that can cause a range of symptoms, from mild to severe. Both illnesses are caused by different viruses but can lead to similar respiratory symptoms and complications. 

Symptoms:

Symptoms of influenza and COVID-19 may include: 

  • Fever or chills 

  • Cough 

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

  • Fatigue 

  • Muscle or body aches 

  • Headache 

  • Sore throat 

  • Loss of taste or smell 

  • Congestion or runny nose 

  • Nausea or vomiting 

  • Diarrhea 

Causes:

Influenza is caused by the influenza virus, while COVID-19 is caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Both viruses spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Close contact with infected individuals or touching contaminated surfaces can also contribute to transmission. ​

Diagnosis:

Diagnosing influenza and COVID-19 may involve: 

  • Clinical assessment: Healthcare providers may evaluate symptoms, medical history, and recent exposure to determine the likelihood of infection. 

  • Laboratory tests: Nasal or throat swabs may be collected and tested for the presence of influenza or COVID-19 viruses. 

Treatment & Medications: 

Treatment for influenza and COVID-19 may include: 

  • Supportive care: Rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms such as fever, cough, and congestion. 

  • Antiviral medications: Prescription antiviral drugs may be prescribed to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms in the vulnerable. 

  • Hospitalisation: Severe cases of influenza or COVID-19 may require hospitalisation and supportive medical care, including oxygen therapy or mechanical ventilation. 

Prognosis: 

The prognosis for influenza and COVID-19 varies depending on factors such as the individual's age, overall health, and the severity of symptoms. While most people recover from these illnesses without complications, severe cases can lead to hospitalization, respiratory failure, or death. 

How Bondi Road Doctors Can Help: 

At Bondi Road Doctors, we offer influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations to help protect you and your family from these respiratory illnesses. Our experienced healthcare providers can assess your vaccination status, recommend appropriate vaccines, and provide personalised advice on immunisation schedules and preventive measures. 

Whether you're concerned about flu season or the changing landscape of COVID-19, we're here to ensure you have the necessary vaccinations and information to stay healthy and safe.  

 

To take the first step toward protecting yourself and your community and ensure you receive the best care for Influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations, our experienced doctors are available for appointments. The following doctors have a particular interest in the condition: 

Dr. Belinda Watson - Book Now 

Dr. Gillian Deakin - Book Now 

Dr. David krukielis - Book Now

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