Let’s face it, the winter months aren’t a great time of year for our health—especially with the resurgence of COVID-19. To do our best at avoiding what experts are deeming a “twindemic,” it’s important to follow necessary health-safety precautions like wearing a mask in public and social distancing.

If you do happen to get sick this year, how are you supposed to know if it’s the flu or COVID-19 that’s causing your symptoms? Our team at AFC Urgent Care Monroe Rd. provides some helpful information below.

What Are Symptoms of the Flu?

It can be tough to tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19, but the two have key differences. Unlike most cases of the coronavirus, flu symptoms come on quickly and intensely. A high fever and intense fatigue are strong signs of the flu.

We’ve listed some more common symptoms of the flu below.

Common Flu Symptoms

  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Pain and tiredness around the eyes
  • Weakness or extreme fatigue
  • Warm, flushed skin and red, watery eyes
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Frequent headaches
  • Fever over 99.6

What Are Symptoms of COVID-19?

As we’ve stated earlier, the flu and COVID-19 are hard to tell apart. Both COVID-19 and the flu are respiratory illnesses, but they’re caused by two separate viruses.

Experts state that one of the most telling signs of COVID-19 are extreme fatigue, a new loss of taste or smell and difficulty breathing. If you experience moderate versions of these symptoms, it’s important to schedule a COVID-19 test. If you experience some of the below symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Emergency Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Consistent trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Above all, AFC Urgent Care Monroe Rd. wants you to stay healthy and happy—especially throughout the holiday season! Visit us if you feel under the weather today.