Differences Between the Flu and COVID-19

The flu and COVID-19 share some things in common. They are both contagious respiratory illnesses, so they have some of the same symptoms. But they are caused by two very different viruses. Because of that, COVID-19 has higher hospitalization and death rates than the flu. 

It is hard to tell whether you have the flu or COVID-19 based on symptoms alone. That is why, if you feel sick, you should call your provider and ask if you should get tested for both the flu and COVID-19.

Learn more about the differences between the flu and COVID-19 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Call HPSM’s Nurse Advice Line

Call 1-833-846-8773 anytime, 24 hours a day–7 days a week.

A Licensed Registered Nurse (RN) will give you medical advice when you think you need urgent medical attention, but you are not sure. A nurse will ask about your symptoms and tell you:

  • If you need to go to Urgent Care
  • If you can wait to see your doctor (within 24 hours, 3 days, or longer)
  • How to take care of your symptoms at home

Learn more about the Nurse Advice Line.