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COLD vs. FLU vs. COVID-19: What’s the Difference?

By |2020-10-16T08:47:05-04:00September 24th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Health A-Z|Tags: , , , |

With the dropping temperatures and changing leaves signaling the arrival of fall, our community is gearing up for cold and flu season—while taking continued COVID-19 precautions.

“Many viruses are present year-round, but seem more prevalent in the colder months for a variety of reasons,” says Philip Angello, MD, board-certified family medicine specialist at Family Practice of CentraState. “The cooler weather may help viruses survive in the environment longer, and people spend more time indoors in closer proximity to one another.”

With the added challenge of COVID-19 this year, Dr. Angello breaks down differences in symptoms—and provides tips on protecting yourself and your loved ones.

Staying Safe

Protect yourself with a few simple actions:

  • Wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing and refrain from large gatherings
  • Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face or eyes with unwashed hands
  • Get the flu shot

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