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COVID-19 symptom checker - allergies, cold, flu or covid-19?

With COVID-19 hitting the end of cold and flu season and the start of allergy season, it can be difficult to know what your symptoms are telling you. 

If you have develop the following symptoms, please take the self-assessment test at https://bc.thrive.health/ to determine if you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. 

Key symptoms of COVID-19: 

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Body aches 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Digestive symptoms such as diarrhea

COVID-19 often presents with shortness of breath, which is very rare in flu. Usually symptoms appear within 5 days after exposure, but it can take up to 14 days. 

People infected with COVID-19 may experience little or no symptoms with illness ranging from mild to severe. Sometimes people with COVID-19 may have mild illness, but their symptoms may suddenly worsen in a few days. 

If you develop symptoms, you will need to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days so you do not potentially spread the virus to other people. 

Key symptoms of a cold: 

  • runny, congested nose
  • sore throat
  • Headache
  • generally feeling unwell.  

Key symptoms of the flu: 

Flu is most commonly confused with COVID-19

  • Cough 
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • stuffy/ runny now (less commonly)
  • Sore throat 
  • Body aches 

Key symptoms of allergies: 

  • you’ve had spring allergies before 
  • itchy eyes
  • itchy nose
  • running nose 

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