UPDATED COVID TESTING POLICIES: We are now doing COVID-19 testing through an in-person ticket system until slots are filled for the day. First come, first serve visits with demand varying day-to-day with appointments filling up by early morning.

UPDATED COVID TESTING HOURS: 8am to 4pm Mon-fri; 8am to 3pm Sat-Sun

Flu Symptoms vs. COVID-19 Symptoms

This year, seasonal illness treatment and care is going to be extremely challenging for both patients and healthcare providers alike. That is mainly because COVID-19 symptoms and flu symptoms are similar and may cause patient confusion, as well as a spike in healthcare demand, across the U.S. 

In Florida, these challenges are especially relevant as COVID cases in Florida and South Florida continue to grow at an alarming rate. The combination of COVID cases and an impending flu season may lead to a spike in seasonal illness symptoms. 

Below, the AFC Urgent Care Tampa team has outlined some of the key ways in which patients can help define their symptoms and how they can get the appropriate care for these symptoms. If you have any questions, please call our clinic to learn more about COVID-19 testing and flu symptom treatment, as well as flu shot availability. 

Both COVID-19 and flu symptoms start with similar conditions 

COVID-19 and flu symptoms are extremely similar. In fact, early COVID-19 symptoms may not be immediately discernible from flu or common cold symptoms. 

Sneezing, coughing, fever, headache, nausea, congestion, and similar conditions are both potential signs fo COVID-19 or a flu infection. Remember though, that COVID-19 is likely caused by key risk factors including recent travel to a COVID hotspot, contact with a known infected patient, or participation at a large gathering of 20 people or more. 

Flu symptoms are less intense than COVID-19 symptoms 

Additionally, flu symptoms are less mild than COVID-19 symptoms for most patients. Flu symptoms are a bit worse than common cold symptoms, but COVID symptoms tend to last a bit longer than even aggressive flu symptoms. 

Patients with chronic health conditions or autoimmune vulnerabilities are likely to have even more debilitating symptoms from COVID when they may have lesser symptoms from the flu. 

Flu symptoms are preventable and treatable at urgent care 

If patients don’t have high profile COVID-19 risks, then a visit to an urgent care center may help them to relieve their symptoms. 

Flu symptoms are treatable at urgent care centers, flu shots can be provided to help vaccinate against the latest flu virus, and providers can perform lab tests to diagnose seasonal illnesses for patients. If you have any additional questions please contact our team today to discuss your options. 

COVID care and flu symptom treatment don’t have to be complicated. If you need care, then make sure that you visit AFC Urgent Care Clearwater today.