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Do I have the flu, COVID-19 or something else? 

October 06, 2020

Flu symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms are similar. In fact, many viruses have symptoms that overlap those associated with COVID-19. This fall and winter, be prepared to ask yourself this question — do I have the flu, COVID-19 or something else? How will you know? Here are some helpful hints to help you navigate this flu season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Flu vs. COVID-19

Flu symptoms and COVID symptoms can be very similar. You’ll have to rule them both out to know what is causing your symptoms. We now test for flu in addition to COVID-19 when a symptomatic patient comes to our COVID-19 testing center. This is done to ensure we know what is causing your symptoms and to determine next steps. 

Fever is a hallmark symptom of COVID-19, and may be the only symptom present at the start of the illness. Fever is also common with flu, and may be accompanied by chills and body aches. Since COVID-19 can cause similar symptoms, it’s best to get both tests when you are symptomatic. The clinicians at our COVID-19 testing centers may also recommend additional testing, such as a strep test. 

Innovative Express Care now has two COVID-19 testing centers to serve you. Visit us in Chicago at 1111 W. Diversey Parkway, or in Downers Grove at 4115 Fairview Avenue. Appointments are required. Visit our website for more information and clinic hours. 

Our urgent care is here for you

While COVID-19 is all we hear about these days, our Lincoln Park urgent care is still here to tackle your non-COVID immediate care needs such as sprains and strains, lacerations or an unexplained rash. Flu vaccines are also available at our urgent care by appointment. Schedule your flu shot here

Patient safety is our top priority, so anyone who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 is sent to our COVID-19 testing center. Patients who need medical care for injuries or symptoms not associated with COVID-19 are seen at our clinic, or via a telemedicine consult. Refer to the chart below to determine which appointment is right for you.

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