LAFAYETTE, La. - So far COVID-19 is the deadliest pandemic of the 21st century having killed more than 675,000 people in the U.S. That's more than the spanish flu pandemic a hundred years ago.
It's been almost two years since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the United States and since then we've learned that covid-19 can act almost like a chameleon. It can resemble many other illnesses including the flu, so how can we tell the difference?
Seasonal flu happens every fall and winter in the U.S. A pandemic like COVID-19 is rare, there's only been 4 in the past 100 years.
Covid's symptoms can be similar to the flu, but more severe.
"For COVID you loose your taste and your smell, that's like the biggest symptoms I know to look for," said Scott.
Now for the flu most people experience.
"Chills, your hot one second, your cold the next. Your'e never comfortable, your'e sweating, your'e not hungry because your'e nauseas all the time," said Scott.
Now in a seasonal flu kids, adults 65 and older, pregnant women and those with long-term medical conditions are more at risk. Now because of COVID's behavior, it's not always possible to predict who is more vulnerable and who is'nt.
Residents like Nicholas Corns say he can tell the difference because of experience.
"I had the flu before and I could still taste and smell when I had the flu, it's just with COVID you can't. I was trying to eat something and I just couldn't taste it, I also couldn't smell so that's when I went to get tested and it came back positive," said Corns.
One final difference, a vaccine. Vaccines for seasonal flus are made every year and usually require one dose, a pandemic vaccine typically requires two.