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Answers to 5 Common Questions about Flu and COVID-19

We know that flu season is a scary time for many people, and that adding COVID-19 is even more stressful. Along with taking physical precautions, it helps to know what our communities are up against. Luckily the CDC has taken the time to answer some of the questions on so many of our minds. See below to add to your knowledge on Flu and COVID-19 this season!


Q: Can you have both Flu and COVID-19 at the same time?

A: Yes, but it’s hard to tell the difference. Diagnostic testing can help determine if you are sick with one, the other, or both illness.


Q: Is there a test that can test for both viruses?

A: Yes. But it is only being used in public health laboratories and in limited capacities.


Q: Will the combination tests replace current testing?

A: No. The tests will not be used in commercial setting.


Q: Does getting a flu vaccine create a higher risk for contracting COVID-19?

A: No.


Q: Do flu antivirals helps against COVID-19?

A: No. Unless a patient has both the flu and COVID-19, flu antiviral treatments will not help.


If you aren’t feeling well remember your local Covenant Health is always happy to help! Our urgent care centers are open every day of the week 8:00 am to 8:00 pm- No appointment necessary! We offer flu shots, flu tests, as well as COVID-19 testing. To be seen by a provider, simply walk in, or save your spot online by clicking here! For information on E-registration to save time click here. Telemedicine options are available here. We look forward to helping you Get Better. Faster!

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