Symptom
COLD
FLU
COVID-19
Onset of Symptoms
Gradual onset
Abrupt onset
2 to 14 days after exposure
Length of Symptoms
Less than 14 days
7 to 14 days
7 to 25 days
Cough
Common (mild)
Common (usually dry)
Common (usually dry)
Shortness of Breath
No**
No**
Sometimes
Sneezing
Common
No
No
Runny or Stuffy Nose
Common
Sometimes
Rare
Sore Throat
Common
Sometimes
Sometimes
Fever
Short fever period
Common
Sometimes
Tired & Weak
Sometimes
Common
Sometimes
Headaches
Rare
Common
Sometimes
Body Aches & Pains
Common
Common
Sometimes
Diarrhea
No
Sometimes for children
Sometimes
Chills/ Shivering
No
Sometimes
Sometimes
Loss of Taste/ Smell
Rare
Rare
Sometimes
SYMPTOMS: COMPARING THE COLD, FLU AND COVID-19 

This year, with COVID-19 spiking throughout Southern Colorado, we realize that first sniffle or little cough might make you wonder if you have a cold, the flu, COVID-19, or something else entirely.

Below is a convenient chart to help you determine if you’re sick and – if so – identify the most likely cause. While this chart is an excellent reference tool, please contact us if you’re concerned about your health or that of a loved one. Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is here to help you evaluate if you’re sick and what the best treatment options are for you. Don't forget, if you haven't gotten your flu shot, there's still time - just give us a call at 719-738-4590 to set up your appointment. 

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Your symptoms may vary. *Information is still evolving. **Allergies, colds and flu can all trigger asthma, which can lead to shortness of breath. COVID-19 is the only one associated with shortness of breath on its own. Sources: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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