Flu, Cold or COVID-19? Consider the Symptoms

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If you’re not feeling well and wondering if you have COVID-19, take a moment to consider your symptoms.

Consult this chart to see if your symptoms suggest COVID-19 as compared to the flu or the common cold.

You can also download the infographic to share on social media.


Fever Common Rare Common
Fatigue Sometimes Sometimes Common
Cough Common Mild Common
Sneezing No Common No
Body Aches Sometimes Common Common
Runny or Stuffy Nose Rare Common Sometimes
Sore Throat Sometimes Common Sometimes
Diarrhea Rare No Sometimes
Headaches Sometimes Rare Common
Shortness of Breath Sometimes No No


What should you do if you're sick?

If you develop symptoms consistent with a respiratory illness, please stay home. If you get sick and need to seek care, we have you covered.

If you are sick with illnesses such as cold, pink eye or other non-COVID-19 ailment, our urgent care video visits are a great way to get care and avoid waiting rooms. You can access these visits by going to muhealthvideovisits.org.

Who should be tested for COVID-19?

If you’re experiencing mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including fever and cough, you should be assessed for COVID-19. (Other symptoms might include chills, shortness of breath, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell. Learn about the latest symptom information at cdc.gov.)

Here are your options to be assessed:

  • Contact your primary care provider.
  • Complete a video visit.

If your symptoms are severe, you should go to the Emergency Department. Please call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival.

If you get a doctor's order, you can be tested at our drive-thru clinic. Click below for directions.

How to Get Tested

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