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How can I tell if I have a cold, flu, or COVID-19?

How do I know if I have a cold, flu or COVID-19?

Experts say testing is the best way to determine if you have it because symptoms of the disease can overlap.

The viruses that cause colds, flu, and COVID-19 are spread the same way – through droplets from the nose and mouth of infected people. And they can all be spread before a person realizes they are infected.

The time varies when a person starts suffering from any disease. Some people infected with the coronavirus do not show any symptoms, but it is still possible for them to spread it.

Cough, fever, fatigue and muscle aches are common to both the flu and COVID-19, says Kristen Coleman, MD, assistant research professor at the Maryland School of Public Health. Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include loss of taste or smell.

The common cold, meanwhile, tends to be mild with symptoms including stuffy nose and sore throat. Fever is more common with the flu.

Despite some false online depictions, the viruses have not merged to cause a new disease. But it is possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, which some people refer to as “flurona.”

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“Any type of co-infection can be serious or make your symptoms worse,” Coleman says. “If influenza cases continue to rise, we can expect to see more viral co-infections of this type in the coming weeks or months.”

With many of the same symptoms caused by the three types of virus, testing is the best option to determine which one you may have. At-home tests for the flu are not widely available for COVID-19, but some pharmacies offer tests for both viruses at the same time, Coleman notes. This can help doctors determine the right treatment.

Laboratories may be able to test samples of various respiratory viruses, including the common cold virus. But most don’t have the ability to do this regularly, especially during a COVID-19 surge, Coleman says.

Getting vaccinated helps reduce the spread of the virus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is safe to take a flu and COVID-19 shot or booster at the same time.

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