Knowing Your Symptoms: COVID-19 vs. The Flu

How to Tell if You Have COVID-19 or the Seasonal Flu

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike here in Texas, flu season will coincide. The symptoms of both illnesses are similar, which is why it’s essential to recognize the differences and seek treatment and testing if you feel sick.

Symptoms of COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Patients who contract COVID-19 either experience a range of moderate to severe symptoms or may appear to be asymptomatic (no signs of symptoms).

The most common signs of COVID-19 are similar to the flu and include:

  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle aches

Emergent Symptoms of COVID-19

Most of the symptoms of COVID-19 are best treated at home with plenty of fluids and rest. However, the following are signs you should seek emergency treatment as soon as possible:

  • Constant pain or pressure in your chest.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Blue-ish lips or face.
  • New loss of taste or smell.

Patients considered high-risk are advised to remain at home and to avoid public hotspots. If you believe you are sick, don’t delay in getting tested and seeking treatment.

Symptoms of the Seasonal Flu

Influenza (the seasonal flu) is also a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus that can be mild to severe. Similarly to COVID-19, symptoms of the flu can vary in their severity, but some of the most common signs of the seasonal flu include:

  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Vomiting

There’s Still Time to Get Vaccinated

In light of COVID-19 and the flu season occurring at once, taking all necessary precautions can help protect your family — including getting vaccinated.

Flu season runs from October through March, but most cases in the United States tend to peak from December through February. It’s essential to get your flu shot early each year, but getting your vaccine later in the season can still protect you and your family.

If you haven’t stopped by our clinic to receive your shot yet, stop in today or contact us to make an appointment.

COVID-19 and Flu Treatment in Urgentology Care

This season, receive your shot for a $20 cash payment or free with insurance at Urgentology Care. If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are feeling ill, make an appointment at our clinic for testing and proper treatment.

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