How to Tell if You Have COVID-19 or A Cold

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At University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX, we treat minor injuries and mild illnesses, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, we offer important COVID-19 testing too. Our board-certified doctors at our Fort Worth urgent care work hard to maintain the best possible cleanliness that keeps our patients and staff safe and healthy. We follow all CDC guidelines closely. Our diagnostic testing is for anyone exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus or for those who have been exposed to people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Some symptoms of a cold are similar to coronavirus, so understanding when to get a COVID-19 test in Fort Worth, TX, is important. Our team can evaluate and diagnose you appropriately, whether the cold, the flu, or COVID-19. Learn more about the differences between COVID-19 and cold symptoms, and find out how to best protect yourself from getting sick this season.

How is coronavirus different from the common cold?

It’s no secret that COVID-19, or coronavirus, is caused by the novel virus SARS-CoV-2. The common cold is not as dangerous and can be caused by several different viruses. Both are highly contagious and can easily spread from person to person, making it essential to practice proper hand hygiene to protect yourself and others around you this season. At University Urgent Care, we know how to treat a cold and can detect symptoms of COVID-19 easily to to help our patients get the proper diagnosis.

Is coronavirus worse than a cold?

In terms of its risk to the general population and without any vaccine, yes, coronavirus is definitely more dangerous than the common cold. However, coronavirus exhibits a wide variety of symptoms from patient to patient, and, in some instances, none at all (asymptomatic). The common cold, however, can be mild or severe, and is not as dangerous. It generally resolves itself in a few days to a few weeks. While it is contagious, it doesn’t pose the same risk of potential complications or death that coronavirus does.

How do I know if I have COVID-19 or the common cold?

Because so many of the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to cold symptoms, it can be hard to know what you’re dealing with without a proper diagnosis from our team at University Urgent Care.

Some of the most common symptoms of a cold include:

  • Low-grade fever (up to 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Sneezing

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Coughing

  • Sore throat

  • Sinus congestion

Some common symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • Fever (generally up to 103 Fahrenheit)

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Fatigue

  • Sore throat

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Coughing

  • Sudden loss of smell or taste

When you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important to be evaluated by a medical professional at our urgent care facility to prevent possible further spread of the virus.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Texas

When you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or a cold, it’s important that our board-certified medical team evaluate you. At University Urgent Care, we treat patients in Fort Worth, TX who are sick and are unsure of what they have. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this is especially important to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. To protect yourself from contracting coronavirus, wash your hands frequently, wear a mask or face covering, and practice social distancing. Located in Fort Worth, TX University Urgent Care serves the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhoods.

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