Flu Season FAQs

What is the difference between COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza (Flu)?

From the CDC: Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.

Similarities:

Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

Differences:

Flu: Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, including common signs and symptoms listed above. It’s important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever.

Flu Symptoms

COVID-19: Other signs and symptoms of COVID-19, different from flu, may include change in or loss of taste or smell.

COVID-19 Symptoms

What are Symptoms of the Flu?

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

Where can I get a flu shot this year?

Atlantic General Hospital is offering several public flu clinics for adults and children 13 and older. If someone requires documentation that they had a flu shot, they are to request the documentation from AGH staff at the time of their flu vaccine appointment. If they are request a high potency flu vaccine (over age 65) they are to request that during their flu vaccination appointment.

AGH DRIVE THRU clinics are available on the following dates:

  • October 6th, 10a-2p at the Snow Hill Senior Center,4767 Snow Hill Rd (Worcester County Government Employees working in Ocean Pines are to “show up” for flu shots between 9 am 10 am )
  • October 10th, 10 am-2pm, Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway, Berlin  ( Ocean Pines Service Employees are able to “show up” for flu shots between 9 am 10 am )
  • October 14th, 10 am-2pm, Pocomoke Health Department, 400 A-Walnut Street
  • October 15th, 2pm-6pm, Ocean City Park and Ride 12940 Inlet Isle Ln

*OC and County Employees can get vaccinated 12-2 on 10/15 in West OP. This is two hours prior to the start of the public clinic. No appts are necessary.