Should I Consider Getting a Rapid Flu Test?

In the age of COVID-19, the flu became less of a threat. Necessary social distancing and other health-safety precautions dramatically cut down on flu cases around the globe, but it’s still possible to get the virus! If you start experiencing symptoms, is a COVID-19 test the only one you should get, or should you get a flu test first?

Our AFC Urgent Care Sevierville team has some answers, so read on!

How Can I Tell the Difference Between COVID-19 and the Flu?

The flu and the coronavirus share similar symptoms, but they also share some key differences. Typically, unlike COVID-19, flu symptoms come on suddenly, and they come on hard. A fever is a tell-tale sign of the flu and, although it does happen in many cases, it isn’t quite as consistent of a COVID-19 symptom.

An additional defining factor of the flu is that the flu doesn’t usually cause as many serious illnesses as COVID-19. We’ve listed some more common symptoms of the flu below.

Common Flu Symptoms

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Physical fatigue

So Should I Get a Rapid Flu Test?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of the flu, it’s a good idea to be tested. Your doctor may also suggest testing for COVID-19, since many symptoms overlap between the two conditions.

Additionally, now that masks are coming off and more people are out and about, respiratory illnesses, like the flu, strep throat and COVID-19, are all a threat. If you believe you may have any of these illnesses, visit our AFC center for a rapid test. Our rapid test kits all provide accurate results in 15 minutes or less, and you don’t need an appointment to get one. In the meantime, keep others healthy as best as you can by limiting the spread of germs and potential illnesses.

Ways to Limit the Spread of Germs and Potential Illnesses

  • Stay home except to get tested or for medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or shirt sleeve.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with others.

Our AFC Urgent Care Sevierville center offers accurate rapid tests that provide results in 15 minutes or less. Plus, you don’t even need to make an appointment, so visit us today!