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Is It a Cold, the Flu, or COVID-19?

As a parent, we worry when our children aren’t feeling well. DoctorsCare wants you to know what symptoms to look for if your child is sick 

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The following illnesses are caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract. All are contagious and can spread easily from person to person. Most cause some similar symptoms so it can be hard to tell them apart.

The Common Cold

  • Symptoms are usually mild.
    • Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and sneezing, fatigue, muscle or body aches. 
  • If there is a fever it is usually not very high.
  • A child with a cold usually will have a good appetite.

There is no test for the common cold and no specific treatment. It just has to run its course.

The Flu

  • Kids with the flu will feel worse than if they have a cold.
  • Symptoms include:
    • Chills, sore throat, runny nose, and a cough.
  • They may run a fever.
  • They generally feel miserable and tired and won’t have much of an appetite.
  • Some children may even have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Most kids will get better at home with plenty of rest and liquids. Many cases of the flu can be prevented by getting the flu shot.

COVID-19

  • Most children infected by the coronavirus may not have any symptoms or their symptoms may be mild like the common cold.
  • Most symptoms can look very much like a cold or flu, however, symptoms that happen more commonly with COVID-19 include:
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Shortness of breath

When to seek medical care:

  • If the child seems to be getting worse
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Has a high fever
  • Has pain or pressure in the chest
  • Has trouble staying awake  

Continue to follow the CDC guidelines about wearing masks, social distancing, and avoiding indoor gatherings if possible.

If you have questions, please call us. We have 2 conveniently located offices in Clarksville
Sango Office – 2302 Madison Street (931) 245-2400
St. Bethlehem Office – 2320 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. (931) 645-1564