With the onset of winter, we have three illnesses very similar to each other that we need to watch out: Cold, Flu, Covid. Dr. June from Sherbourne Health talks to us about the differences and how we need to watch out for them.
1. Winter is here and so is cold and flu season. How can people tell the difference between cold, flu, and COVID-19 symptoms?
It is very difficult to tell the difference between cold, flu, and COVID-19 symptoms because a lot of them overlap. Some people infected with COVID-19 don’t even know that they are infected (asymptomatic). The only way to know for certain is by taking a test. Public Health Ontario has good resources in different languages about COVID-19.
2. What should someone do if they are experiencing symptoms and they don’t know whether they are flu or COVID-19 related?
Get a COVID-19 test! There are many testing centres set up around the city. Right now, you can go to the temporary testing centre right in St. James Town, at The Corner.
3. Why is it more important than ever for people to get the flu shot?
It is always important to get a flu shot to protect yourself as well as those around you. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our hospitals are becoming over-filled with COVID-19 patients. It is more important than ever to keep yourself and your family protected so we do not overwhelm our health care system. This way, everyone can have access to the health care they need.