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COVID-19 and the Flu: Know the Symptoms

COVID-19 is still here and, unfortunately, flu season is also on its way. It’s not possible to definitively predict what will happen in the weeks and months to come, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading this fall and winter.

Common symptoms shared by COVID-19 and influenza include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

See the infographic below to help better recognize the symptoms of both, as well as cold and allergies. 

COVID-19 Cold Flu Allergies Symptom Comparison Infographic 

Ways to Prevent Sickness

The flu shot is your single best defense against catching influenza. Flu shots are available at all Banner Urgent Care locations. You can reserve your spot online, so you don’t have to wait.

In addition to getting vaccinated each fall, having good health habits and following the recommended safety protocols currently in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 can also help stop the spread of the flu.

To stay healthy during flu season, Banner Health recommends:

  • Getting your flu shot by the end of October, at the latest.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Washing your hands frequently.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

It is also important for everyone 12 years of age and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they can. For a COVID-19 vaccine location near you, visit vaccines.gov.

Additional Resources

For more information about the flu and the importance of getting the flu shot, or if you are experiencing symptoms, visit bannerhealth.com. You can also check out these other articles:

Please note: The content of this article was accurate on the day of publication. For the most up-to-date information about the flu and COVID-19, please visit the CDC website. 

This article was originally published in September 2020 and has been updated. 



Infectious Disease COVID-19 Cold and Flu