Comparing Symptoms of COVID-19, the Flu, a Cold & Allergies

Date Created: 11/23/2020

November Blog

At GuideWell Emergency Doctors, we know it’s that time of year when some people wake up with a cough, scratchy throat or a fever. While feeling sick is never fun, recognizing your symptoms and knowing when to seek treatment can make a difference in your recovery.

We encourage you to see us when you are worried about any flu, cold or allergy symptoms. COVID-19 has caused new concerns about these symptoms because they all have similar characteristics.

Because it can be difficult to tell the difference based on symptoms alone, here’s a chart of how COVID-19, the flu, a cold and allergies typically compare.

COVID-19 • Cold • Flu
Symptom Comparison Chart

Symptom Comparison

Our Board-Certified Emergency Medicine Doctors are trained to treat patients of all ages. We offer a top-notch health care experience, as well as personalized service and convenience, all designed to keep you healthy. Plus, we provide similar services you would receive at an ER at 1/3 of the cost2 and ½ the wait time1, on average.

We know that feeling better can’t wait. Take comfort knowing we are properly equipped and prepared to care for COVID-19 patients throughout the pandemic while also safely caring for other patients’ unexpected medical needs.

To help us properly evaluate, diagnose and treat you, each of our facilities are equipped with on-site services, including:

  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • Breathing treatments
  • Lab work
  • IV treatments
  • COVID-19 testing

If you or a loved one is concerned about your symptoms, please don’t hesitate to come see us. Our facilities are open and safe during the pandemic — our staff members are taking even more precautions to stay in compliance with often-updated CDC guidelines.

The staff at GuideWell Emergency Doctors is here to quickly and effectively put you on the path to recovery.

1 American College of Emergency Physicians
2 Cost is based on health plan actuarial analysis performed in 2016 that compared cost of hospital-based ER visit versus a GuideWell Emergency Doctors visit.