As COVID-19 remains prevalent in the U.S. and our community, many people have questions about the differences between the cold, the flu and the coronavirus; how to know which of these viruses you have; and when to seek medical attention. Although the cold, the flu and COVID-19 viruses have many similarities, there are also some important differences you need to know.
Difference between COVID-19, the flu and a cold
|Cough||Often (usually dry)||Often||Often|
|Loss of taste and/or smell||Often||Rare||Rare|
Because symptoms can be so similar, it may be difficult for you and even your medical provider to determine if you have the flu or COVID-19 until you have been tested. If you have symptoms and suspect you have the flu or COVID-19, call 320-769-4323.
Call your medical provider if
- Your fever is greater than 103 F or is lower and and does not improve with medication over 24 to 48 hours
- You’re having trouble keeping food or fluids down
- It hurts to swallow
- Your cough persists for 10 or more days
- Your congestion or headache lingers
- You experience breathing difficulty or chest pain