During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with flu season right around the corner, it’s more important than ever to know the difference between COVID-19 and influenza symptoms and to make sure you’re not spreading either one! While some of the symptoms are similar in many aspects, there are some key differences that help with an accurate diagnosis. Unfortunately, both are contagious respiratory illnesses and it may be hard to tell the difference.
Some of the symptom similarities include shortness of breath, fever, fatigue, coughing, a sore throat, and body aches. The biggest symptom difference in COVID cases includes a loss of taste and/or smell, unusual skin rashes, and abdominal pain. Coronavirus is also contagious for much longer. Patients are contagious for roughly 2 days before symptoms, while symptoms are present (typically 10-14 days) and up to 10 days after symptoms have subsided, while the flu is contagious for about 1 day before a patient shows symptoms. Older children and adults with flu appear to be most contagious during the initial 3-4 days of their illness but many remain contagious for about 7 days. Infants and people with weakened immune systems can be contagious for longer.
Both COVID-19 and the flu can spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when speaking, coughing, or singing. In general, when people catch the flu, their symptoms appear quickly. With the novel coronavirus, however, the symptoms may not appear for 4-14 days after exposure. That’s why it is essential to get tested. Physician 360’s partner pharmacies can provide both COVID-19 and flu rapid tests straight to your home, along with a virtual medical professional consultation. COVID-19 saliva tests are available directly from our website. Get started here.
You can also get an immediate telemedicine consult, diagnosis, and treatment with our rapid flu test or online consultation. Online it’s just three easy steps: create an account on our portal, fill out a quick symptom questionnaire, choose your closest pharmacy, and order a kit. You can also use our pharmacy finder to find the closest pharmacy to you that carries Physician360 products. Most of our pharmacy partners deliver for free!
You can buy at-home flu and COVID-19 rapid test kits for everyone in your household while staying socially distant and safe the entire time.
While the flu and COVID-19 are symptomatically similar and difficult to navigate during the pandemic, Physician360 makes it easy to get tested and talk to a medical professional with no further risk to your community.