How is COVID-19 Different Than the Flu?

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Ultimately, COVID-19 exhibits different symptoms in different patients, and in some, none at all. Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that is spread through droplets in the air that enter the eyes, nose, or mouth to infect someone. The flu is also a respiratory illness that is caused by the influenza virus that infects someone’s throat, nose, and lungs. The flu is spread similarly to the coronavirus with droplets in the air.

With flu season upon us, it’s important to learn the differences in symptoms between the flu and coronavirus in order to determine when you should get a coronavirus test. To reduce your risk of contracting the flu, we recommend getting a flu shot. When you see signs and symptoms of coronavirus in yourself or a loved one, visit University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX for coronavirus testing as soon as possible.

Why is COVID-19 more dangerous than the flu?

What makes COVID-19 much more dangerous than the flu is that there is no vaccine, meaning that everybody is susceptible to being infected. A flu vaccine is readily available and can prevent a majority of the most dangerous types of the flu virus. Also, antiviral medication can quickly address flu symptoms and shorten the duration of one’s illness. According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is ten times deadlier than the H1N1 swine flu strain. While the death rate for the flu is 0.1%, the current death rate for coronavirus is about 1%. There is no natural immunity to the disease, which means that the number of people infected is much greater.

Common flu symptoms

People who have the flu experience these symptoms, including:

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Runny/stuffy nose

  • Muscle aches

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

What are some signs and symptoms of coronavirus?

People infected with coronavirus can experience different symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Chills

  • Fever

  • Sudden loss of taste or smell

It’s important to note in both the flu and coronavirus that you may not experience a fever. As you can see, the flu and coronavirus have many of the same symptoms, which makes it important to be tested for coronavirus when you feel sick at our urgent care center in Fort Worth, TX.

COVID-19 testing in Fort Worth, TX

At University Urgent Care, we offer two different diagnostic tests for coronavirus testing in Fort Worth, TX:

  1. Viral testing: The viral test is used to detect an existing infection. A nasal swab is used to collect samples from the back of the nose and upper throat. This test is best for someone who may be currently infected and contagious. It can be detected 2 – 3 days after exposure.

  2. Antibody testing: Antibody testing can detect if someone had coronavirus previously based on the antibodies found in their blood. We will take a blood sample that looks for immunoglobulin M (IgM) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies. Their presence tells us if your body has fought off coronavirus and if you are a carrier of COVID-19. This test cannot detect antibodies until at least ten days have passed after you have been exposed to COVID-19. Most major insurance companies will cover this test for free.

At University Urgent Care, we offer this important testing to patients of all ages who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu. After visiting our urgent care clinic, you will not have to return for your results as our staff will call you with them. We recommend that all of our patients who have been tested, as well as their families, self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Get tested for coronavirus at our college urgent care clinic

At University Urgent Care, our ER doctors offer COVID-19 testing for patients who may be experiencing flu symptoms, or signs and symptoms of coronavirus. We work diligently to ensure our facility is always clean. Our staff follows all CDC guidelines closely. Conveniently located in Fort Worth, TX, University Urgent Care serves Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhood areas.

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