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Cold, flu or COVID-19? (infographic)

March 26, 2020

As cases of COVID-19 rise across the globe, many people wonder: How will I know if I get it? The virus can have symptoms similar to that of a cold, the flu or even allergies, making it difficult to make a self-assessment.

While the chart below can give you a better understanding of symptom differences, you should call your doctor immediately if you believe you've contracted coronavirus.

Learn what Sharp HealthCare is doing to screen for COVID-19.

Cold, flu or COVID-19 (infographic). coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can have symptoms similar to a cold or flu. Use this chart to help you better understand the differences. Aches and pains: COVID-19 = Sometimes, Flu = Usually, Cold = Rarely. Chills: COVID-19 = sometimes, Flu = Usually, Cold = Rarely. Cough: COVID-19 = Usually, Flu = Usually, Cold = Usually. Decreased smell/taste: COVID-19 = Usually, Flu = Rarely, Cold = Rarely. Diarrhea: COVID-19 = Sometimes, Flu = Rarely, Cold = Rarely. Fatigue: COVID-19 = Sometimes, Flu = Usually, Cold = Rarely. Fever: COVID-19 = Usually, Flu = Usually, Cold = Rarely. Headache: COVID-19 = Sometimes, Flu = Usually, Cold = Rarely. Lack of Appetite: COVID-19 = Usually, Flu = Usually, Cold = Rarely. Nausea: COVID-19 = Rarely, Flu = Sometimes, Cold = Rarely. Shortness of breath: COVID-19 = Sometimes, Flu = Rarely, Cold = Rarely. Sneezing: COVID-19 = Rarely, Flu = Sometimes, Cold = Usually. Sore throat: COVID-19 = Sometimes, Flu = Usually, Cold = Usually. Stuffy or runny nose: COVID-19 = Rarely, Flu = Usually, Cold = Usually. = Unknown at this time. Who's at risk? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Chronic medical conditions include uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and lung disease. People who smoke and people on immunosuppressive medications are also at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Coronavirus concerns. If you are experiencing mild coronavirus-like symptoms, call or message your doctor. Do not visit a medical facility until your doctor tells you to do so. If symptoms appear after you've been exposed to a known person with coronavirus, or you are 60 years of age or older, reach out to your provider immediately. From the expert. What we've learned so far about COVID-19 is that it causes more lower respiratory tract infection symptoms than upper - meaning more pneumonia with primary symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. To stay safe, take standard precautions and follow guidance from the CDC and public health officials. - Dr. Phil Yphantides, medical director for Sharp Rees-Stealy Urgent Care Centers. sharp.com/news. 2020, all rights reserved.

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