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?

People who have respiratory illness symptoms, including fever and cough can be assessed by a doctor. Here are your options:

  • Choose the “COVID-19 Video Visit” option at muhealthvideovisits.org. This video visit assessment is free.
  • Contact your primary care provider.

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

How to Get Tested

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