COVID, Cold, Flu, or Allergies?

Your checklist to determine what ails you this cold and flu season.

11 min read

A tickle in your throat. A sneeze. A runny nose. A cough. Uh oh…something’s up. Figuring out what’s making you feel sick can be critical to getting the best treatment as soon as possible. Taking an antihistamine to treat allergies is very different from taking antivirals for the flu. Plus, if what you have is contagious, you’ll want to do your part in preventing others from getting ill.

 

Use our handy checklist below to compare symptoms. Note that this is just a guide and should not be considered a substitute for advice from your doctor. Some symptom overlaps may make it difficult to decipher what you have. Remember: If you’re in doubt, particularly about whether you have COVID, get tested. LabFinder makes it easy by offering scheduling for convenient tests near you.

 

 

Symptom

COVID-19

Cold

Flu

Allergy

Cough

Yes

Yes

Yes

Maybe

Exhaustion

Yes

Maybe

Yes

Maybe

Muscle soreness

Yes

Maybe

Yes

No

Runny/stuffy nose

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fever

Yes

Maybe

Yes

No

Loss of taste or smell

Yes

Maybe

(due to stuffy nose)

No

Maybe

Sore throat

Yes

Yes

Yes

Maybe

Difficulty breathing

Yes

No

Yes

Maybe

Headache

Yes

Maybe

Yes

Maybe

Diarrhea

Maybe

No

Maybe

No

Nausea/vomiting

Maybe

No

Maybe

Maybe

Sneezing

No

Maybe

Maybe

Yes

Itching or hives

No

No

No

Yes

 
Have questions about COVID-19, colds, the flu, or allergies? Or are there other topics you think we should cover? Drop us a line at illuminator@labfinder.com.