A comparison of flu and COVID-19 symptoms

When dealing with the increasing concern over COVID-19 (coronavirus), the best advice coming from the experts is “Don’t panic, but do think about high-risk individuals and stay home if you feel ill.”

Even if you feel healthy, you should observe all recommended precautions, including:

  • Wash your hands frequently.  If soap isn’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid large groups of people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Don’t shake hands – instead bump fists or elbows.
  • When possible, increase distance between people to at least six (6) feet.
  • Reconsider attending public gatherings or taking a trip (follow CDC travel guidelines)
  • Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places if school is closed

Full details and instructions can be found at Steps to Prevent Illness on the CDC website.

If you are experiencing flu symptoms, shortness of breath, and/or a persistent cough, be sure to call your primary care provider BEFORE going to urgent care or hospital.