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Is it the Flu, COVID-19 or a Cold?

As we enter a flu season like none we’ve ever faced before, it’s important to stay informed about the implications of your symptoms. Warning signs of the flu can be easily confused with the common cold or even COVID-19. Here’s what to look out for.

Flu Symptoms

Fever and chills are telltale signs of the flu, but they can also come with COVID-19. The flu also comes with frequent headaches, which are less common with COVID-19 and the common cold.

  • Symptoms come on quickly
  • Fever and chills
  • Dry cough
  • Congested nose, sometimes sneezing
  • Head and muscles ache
  • Fatigue, occasional vomiting or diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Symptoms last for a week or longer

If you think you have the flu, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. Call your primary care provider or call 317-621-2727 to arrange care.

And if you don’t yet have any symptoms, keep it that way by getting your annual flu shot! Community patients can get their vaccination at our primary care offices and at our Saturday flu clinics. Please call your doctor’s office or 317-621-2727 to schedule your appointment, as we’re not currently taking walk-in visits.

COVID-19 Symptoms

While the world continues to learn about COVID-19, its symptoms and its lasting effects, you probably remember the main symptoms to look out for: a fever coupled with dry cough and difficulty breathing. Losing your sense of taste and smell are also unique to COVID-19.

  • Symptoms come on within two weeks of exposure
  • Fever and chills
  • Dry cough
  • No sneezing, usually no runny nose
  • Muscles ache
  • Fatigue, occasional vomiting or diarrhea
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Symptoms last two weeks or longer

If you think you have COVID-19, it’s easy to get help at Community. Call your primary care provider or call 317-621-2727 for next steps.

Cold Symptoms

A cold can feel like the flu, but the symptoms are usually a bit less intense. It also differs from the flu and COVID-19 in that colds often come with a sore throat, sneezing and a runny nose.

  • Symptoms come on slowly
  • Mild or no fever
  • Dry or wet cough
  • Runny or congested nose with sneezing
  • Sore throat, but no aches
  • Usually no fatigue
  • Normal appetite
  • Symptoms last about a week

You can beat a cold with plenty of rest and over-the-counter medicine.

is it the cold, flu, or covid-19?

No matter if your symptoms point to the flu, COVID-19 or a cold, Community is standing by to keep you healthy this flu season. Here’s what we’re doing to keep our patients safe when they get care.