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COVID-19, Flu, And Lyme Disease: How To Tell Symptoms Apart

Now that flu season has arrived, it may be hard to differentiate the symptoms of a typical flu from other health threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic and Lyme disease. The three conditions are all caused by different things, but can have eerily similar symptoms that make it difficult to determine what exactly is going in your body when you start to feel ill.

That being said, there are some ways to tell the three conditions apart. Since treatments vary significantly (as well as the potential outcomes of each type of infection), it’s important to be able to make the distinction. So, what are the symptoms of COVID-19, flu, and Lyme disease, and what can you do to tell them apart if you happen to fall ill? Read on to learn all you need to know.

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Can Lyme Disease Cause Flu-Like Symptoms?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is often called the “great imitator,” because its symptoms are pretty non-specific in nature. This means that they may appear due to a variety of different conditions, so it can be hard to narrow down a diagnosis of Lyme disease based solely on symptoms. Some conditions that are often misdiagnosed when a person actually has Lyme disease include fibromyalgia, arthritis, and even multiple sclerosis.

Since Lyme may present in various ways, many people may be unsure of what symptoms to look out for if they think they may have come into contact with an infected tick and are at risk of Lyme disease. While the late-stage symptoms of Lyme disease mimic more serious conditions, the early signs that your body has become infected will present similarly to the flu. But how do these symptoms feel when they’re caused by Lyme? And is there a way to tell the difference between typical flu symptoms and Lyme disease? Read on to find out.

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How To Keep Your Viral Load In Check During Flu Season

Chronic viral conditions can be hard to cope with, especially when cold and flu season rolls around. People with viral conditions such as EBV or HIV have to pay closer attention to their immune function and overall health than those without any preexisting conditions, as they are more susceptible to immune dysfunction and the serious repercussions that can come with having a compromised immune system.

Different factors come into play for those with preexisting conditions at risk of coming down with a serious case of the flu during the winter season, but one particular factor is of the utmost importance: the viral load.

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