Nurses Newsletter

Jennifer Monte-Last*Sarah Kadow*Marcia Shefchik*Jenny Hinz

Cold - Flu - COVID-19

The Common Cold, Flu, and COVID-19 have many symptoms in common. The information provided in this newsletter will help you know the symptoms of each.

Common Cold Symptoms

Cold Symptoms

Symptoms of a common cold usually appear one to three days after exposure to a cold-causing virus. Signs and symptoms, which can vary from person to person, might include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Slight body aches or a mild headache
  • Sneezing
  • Low-grade fever
  • Generally feeling unwell (malaise)

The discharge from your nose may become thicker and yellow or green in color as a common cold runs its course. This isn't an indication of a bacterial infection.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/symptoms-causes/syc-20351605

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Flu Symptoms

Flu Symptoms

At first, the flu may seem like a common cold with a runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. But colds usually develop slowly, whereas the flu tends to come on suddenly. And although a cold can be a bother, you usually feel much worse with the flu.

Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:

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COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID-19 Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may appear two to 14 days after exposure. This time after exposure and before having symptoms is called the incubation period. Common signs and symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Tiredness

Early symptoms of COVID-19 may include a loss of taste or smell.

Other symptoms can include:

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)

This list is not all inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, such as rash, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.

The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. Some people may have only a few symptoms, and some people may have no symptoms at all. Some people may experience worsened symptoms, such as worsened shortness of breath and pneumonia, about a week after symptoms start.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/symptoms-causes/syc-20479963

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If you are having symptoms and are unsure what to do next feel free to contact MPSD school nurse or your primary care provider with questions.

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