As we enter flu season this year following the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to protect yourself and others from the spread of illness by taking critical health, safety, and hygiene measures. Because both viruses can cause similar symptoms, it is important that patients understand the differences between the two illnesses and how to determine which one you or your family may have. You may be surprised to learn, however, that co-infection with both COVID-19 and the flu is also a possibility, which can make it even more challenging to self-diagnose flu symptoms.
The exceptional team of board-certified ER physicians and medical staff at iCare ER & Urgent Care is committed to providing rapid COVID-19 and flu testing, diagnosis, and flu symptom relief at our convenient locations in Frisco and Fort Worth, TX. Learn more about the flu, including how to protect yourself and others from contracting the viruses this season and what to do should you be exposed to one or both.
What are Flu symptoms?
The flu, which is caused by a strain of the influenza virus, can also have a broad range of presentations. In many cases, the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 can mimic one another. Common symptoms shared by COVID-19 and the flu include:
- Shortness of breath
- Body aches
- Sore throat
The only definitive way to determine which virus you may have contracted is to be tested by a medical professional. Both of our iCare ER & Urgent Care locations in Frisco and Fort Worth, TX offer advanced, rapid, and reliable testing for COVID-19 and the flu. If you or one of your family members is experiencing symptoms you think may be related to either the flu or coronavirus, visit your nearest location to get tested today.
How can I avoid getting the flu?
The widely available flu vaccine is highly effective at protecting patients from the flu virus. Ask for availability at iCare ER & Urgent Care. Because the flu vaccine may take up to two weeks to provide full protection, patients are encouraged to get their flu shot as early in the season as possible.
Other ways to prevent the flu
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly
- Use hand sanitizer
- Avoid close contact with persons you know are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly
Seeking Treatment + What To Expect
When you seek care at iCare Emergency Room and Urgent Care, you will be evaluated by board certified emergency physicians and registered nurses. Upon arrival patients receive a free medical screening evaluation to assess your condition and symptoms and assign you to the appropriate department. For minor illnesses our team can help identify and treat many the symptoms in urgent care. If your condition is more severe or life threatening, we are able to treat you in our ER or transfer you to a local hospital. Your treatment team will evaluate your medical history performing a physical exam and any additional laboratory testing that is needed and create a treatment plan including administering medications as needed in order to help you feel better sooner! Next time you become in need of emergency or urgent care, visit one of our convenient DFW locations.