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Is it COVID-19, the flu or just seasonal allergies?

Mar 24, 2020

Updated Feb. 12, 2021

Not feeling well this time of the year not only makes you feel miserable, but also can be confusing. Is the flu or allergies? And now we have to worry about COVID-19.

Flu season typically runs from October until the end of April. In the pollen-covered South, seasonal allergies can begin as early as January. And unless you live under a rock – which wouldn’t be a bad thing right now – you know about COVID-19. It’s the respiratory infection that has caused a global pandemic and as of February 2021, has killed more than 460,000 Americans.

The bad news is symptoms of all three of these, along with the common cold, can be similar.

The good news is onset is typically different and each illness has a different combination of common symptoms.

If you aren’t feeling well you can still practice social distancing by seeing one of our virtual healthcare providers. St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Smart Care 24/7 allows you to talk to an expert over the phone or via your computer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Learn more here or download the app on your Apple or Google drive.

In the meantime, the St. Joseph’s/Candler Occupational Health Department provides this chart to help you navigate what may be ailing you this spring. Download it here.


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