The common cold, flu, and COVID-19 are all caused by viruses that affect your respiratory system, and all three illnesses share some symptoms. This makes it difficult to know what you may be sick with when you’re feeling under the weather.
Learn more about the similarities and differences between the three illnesses below.
Because there is some overlap between the symptoms, it may be difficult to determine whether you have the flu or COVID-19 without being tested. As such, if you believe you have the flu or COVID-19, please call your doctor and explain your symptoms before going to a facility to seek care. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a printable version of this blog.