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Is it cold, flu, RSV or COVID-19?

A quick guide to symptoms

It used to be that we wondered if we caught a flu bug or just had a case of the common cold. Then we weren’t sure if our allergies were giving us a hard time or if red tide was to blame. And of course, we can’t forget COVID-19, which marches on.

Right now, COVID-19, flu and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) are driving a national wave of respiratory illnesses. These “triplets” plus the cold can be hard to distinguish since they share many common symptoms. Here’s a guide to help you identify your symptoms. Be sure to check in with your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms and treatments available.

The Clinic can perform a four-in-one rapid test to detect SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A, Influenza B and RSV. It’s a simple nasal swab done at the Clinic and test results are available in under 40 minutes.

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