Be aware of your health, monitor symptoms, and take precautions to stay healthy. COVID-19, allergies, flu and cold symptoms can seem very similar, and it can be difficult to know the difference. Consider this chart, adopted from the Mayo Clinic, as a guide to help you identify what symptoms pertain to what illnesses.
*scale rankings - usually, sometimes, rarely, never
While colds, flu, allergies, and COVID-19 may be treated differently, the same basic precautions can help keep you healthy. Consider the following safety measures:
Get vaccinated for COVID-19 and flu
Wash your hands frequently
Avoid touching your face
Stay away from crowds and people who are sick
Practice social distancing
Wear a mask to protect yourself and others
WHEN TO TEST
If your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, you should get tested. Students, when you contact the Health Center, they’ll help you decide whether you should test for COVID-19. If you’re exhibiting symptoms and waiting for a COVID-19 test result, you should self-quarantine, which means stay home and limit your exposure to others until the test has been returned.