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Is it the flu or COVID-19?

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Influenza (flu) is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza A and B viruses and typically characterized by the sudden onset of fever, cough, and muscle aches. These are also common symptoms of COVID-19. Each of these viruses spreads through droplets produced while coughing or sneezing, when touching a contaminated object or surface and then touching your own mouth, eyes or nose before washing your hands.

Because the symptoms are so similar, it will be difficult to know if you have the flu or COVID-19 without testing. That’s why we’ve pulled together a few clues:

Of course, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days if you’re unsure what is causing your symptoms. The only way to be certain is through testing for COVID-19. Complete a COVID-19 self-assessment or contact Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000 or TTY: 1-866-797-0007.

Wondering how to protect yourself and your family?

  1. Follow public health recommendations on physical distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands, and limiting contact with anyone outside your household.
  2. Get your flu shot! It’s safe, free, and proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu.
  3. Download the COVID Alert mobile app to protect yourself and your community.
  4. Spread the facts, not the flu.

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