Presbyterian | Your Story | Centennial Care | Winter 2022 7 SYMPTOMS COVID-19 ALLERGIES COLD FLU Cough Common Rare Common Common Shortness of breath Common No (unless it triggers asthma) No (unless it triggers asthma) No (unless it triggers asthma) Sneezing No Common Common No Runny or stuffy nose Common Common Common Sometimes Sore throat Common Sometimes (usually mild) Common Sometimes Fever Common No Sometimes Common Chills Common No No Sometimes Fatigue Common Sometimes Sometimes Common Headache Common Sometimes Rare Common Body aches Common No Sometimes (usually mild) Common Diarrhea Common No Rare Sometimes (in children) Nausea or vomiting Common No No Sometimes (in children) Loss of taste or smell Common Sometimes Rare Rare Take action! Call 911 if you or a loved one has emergency warning signs for COVID-19. These include trouble breathing, lasting pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, trouble waking up or staying awake, and bluish lips or face. WHICH IS IT: COVID-19, allergies, cold, or flu? Your symptoms may differ. Call your doctor if you’re concerned about any unusual or severe symptoms. Sources: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; World Health Organization the nasal spray flu vaccine or a jet injector, a device that delivers vaccines through the skin as a high-pressure stream of fluid. Stop the spread In addition to getting a flu shot, practice these healthy habits to help stop the spread of germs: ● Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, then toss out the tissue. ● Wash your hands often with soap and water. ● Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. That’s how germs find their way into your body. Is it too late? It is good to get the flu shot early in the flu season. If you haven’t had a chance to get your shot yet, there’s still time. You can get a flu shot anytime during flu season, which typically lasts until April. If you have questions about the flu shot, talk to your provider or pharmacist. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention