01/22/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/22/2021 09:24
Whether you're sneezing, coughing or feeling achy, sometimes it's difficult to know what's causing your symptoms. Is it just a pesky cold? Or could it be something more serious?
Getting a flu shot is an important step to take to safeguard everyone's health this winter. 'Everyone age six months and older, including pregnant women, should get a flu shot every year, and this year is no different,' says Laura Picciano, DO, primary care physician at Main Line Health in Roxborough. While the flu shot won't protect you from other viruses, like COVID-19, both are contagious respiratory illnesses that can lead to pneumonia, more severe infections and hospitalization.
This winter, sorting through symptoms may seem even more confusing-and stressful. Here's what you need to know.
Fighting the flu
With similar symptoms ranging from mild to severe, it's easy to mistake the flu for COVID-19. While both are caused by viruses, one of the telltale signs of the flu is that it tends to come on suddenly:
Coping with coronavirus
Suspecting you have COVID-19 can be scary. And while there is cause for concern, remember that most cases are mild and don't require any special treatment:
Catching a cold
Compared with the flu and COVID-19, the common cold usually doesn't cause a fever and has milder symptoms:
Now more than ever, make your health a priority. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, call your primary care provider. You can also save time and reserve your place in line at one of our
Main Line Health Urgent Care centers.