COVID-19 or Flu? Know Your Symptoms

February 11, 2020

Two COVID-19 vaccines have been approved, but we must remember that it will take some time to get everyone vaccinated. Now, as we grapple with COVID-19 at the same time as the flu season, we must do all that we can to reduce the spread of infection and illness. Mask wearing, social distancing, COVID-19 testing before or after exposure to crowds and an annual flu shot has been proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 


If you are feeling under the weather and not sure whether it is flu or COVID-19, ACCESS can help you manage your health. 


Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but there are some key differences in the symptoms, how quickly it spreads and what you can do to prevent illness. 


Preventing Flu and COVID-19

There are two FDA approved vaccines available that are 95% effective at preventing COVID-19, but distribution is in the beginning phases. ACCESS is partnering with local and state health departments and, while we wait for guidance, we should take every precaution we can to keep ourselves and our communities healthy by getting a flu shot. 


Flu vaccines are safe, effective and offered at all of ACCESS’ 35 Chicago area locations. Find your local ACCESS health center location and schedule an appointment today. 

Know Your Symptoms

Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, including common signs and symptoms listed below whereas COVID-19 has to potential to cause more serious illnesses in some people. 


For a quick side-by-side comparison of the different symptoms of these potential deadly viruses, please see below: 




When in Doubt, Make an Appointment 

ACCESS offers free COVID-19 testing to anyone 2 years of age or older but, you need to have a telehealth appointment first. You do not need to show signs or symptoms to get tested. Please call 1.800.836.7633 to schedule a telehealth visit with one of our ACCESS providers. To learn more, visit our testing page


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Additional Resources: 

Centers for Disease Prevention and Control