COVID-19 Vs. The Flu
As cold and Flu season is among us, potential spreading, infection, and confusion between the Flu, a common cold, and COVID-19 is also increasing. Preliminary estimates from the CDC report that about 34,000 Americans died from the flu last year, meanwhile, COVID-19 has resulted in the deaths of over 250,000 Americans since early 2020. Please read on to better understand the following:

Key Differences | Preventative Steps | Additional Actions | Shareable Resources
Key Differences
Common Cold
  • Symptoms may be gradual
  • Most common symptoms include sneezing, a stuffy nose, and a sore throat
  • It is rare to experience a fever or a headache

  • Symptoms show up abruptly
  • Common symptoms include a fever, aches, fatigue, chest discomfort, and a headache
  • It is less common to experience sneezing, a stuffy nose, or a sore throat

  • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus
  • Common shared symptoms with the flu are fever, aches, fatigue, and a headache
  • Common symptoms different from the flu include change in or loss of taste or smell

Some of these overlapping symptoms can be confusing, but it’s important to keep in mind that each person’s experience with a cold, the flu or COVID-19 may be different. If you’re unsure of what your symptoms may be, reach out to your healthcare provider for help.
Preventative Steps
Here are four preventative steps you can take to limit risk of any of these viruses, besides limiting face-to-face contact with others:

  1. Staying at least six feet away from others you don't live with, indoors and outdoors
  2. Wearing a mask when you cannot social distance
  3. Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after touching public surfaces
  4. Frequently cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces and objects you touch regularly in your home
Additional Actions
The Flu Shot
This year, a flu shot is more important than ever and the best way to reduce the spread of the seasonal flu.

  • To learn more about the Flu Vaccination and how it works, Click Here.
  • To learn about the three actions you can take to protect against the Flu, Click Here.
Roll Up Your Sleeve for Your Annual Flu Vaccine

The CDC is encouraging everyone to roll up their sleeves for an annual flu vaccination. By increasing the number of people vaccinated, we can reduce the number of flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths this fall and winter, which can in turn help reduce the burden on our medical system and save medical resources for the care of COVID-19 patients.

Click the video tab on the right to watch a short clip on how you can help!
Shareable Resources
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