According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19, influenza (flu), and the common cold can share varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two. The common cold tends to stick to the nose causing congestion, runny nose, and sneezing. We put together some key variables that can help you determine the difference.

There is still a lot that is unknown about COVID-19 and the virus that causes it. We recommend testing to help confirm a diagnosis. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please stay home, except to get medical care. Call your primary care doctor before visiting your medical home. Seek immediate care if you have trouble breathing or experience other emergency warning signs.

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