Flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses that are caused by different viruses. The signs and symptoms of flu and COVID-19 can be similar, but COVID-19 can also cause non-flu-like symptoms, including loss of taste or smell.

Individuals showing symptoms of seasonal flu or COVID-19 should contact their primary care physician (PCP) or advance practice provider (APP) to determine appropriate next steps for further evaluation.

Flu Shots and Flu Prevention

To help prevent the spread of flu, Tower Health recommends:

  • Frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitizer
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Wearing a face mask
  • Practicing respiratory hygiene by covering your sneeze or cough when not face masked
  • Disinfecting high-touch common areas frequently (phones, computers, tablets)
  • Social distancing