The flu (influenza) and Covid-19, the disease caused by the deadly pandemic coronavirus, are highly contagious respiratory diseases. These diseases affect your breathing and lungs and can easily spread from one person to another. Although the flu and Covid-19 have many similar symptoms, each one comes from a different virus. If you feel sick, it would be best to know which of these two diseases you may have.
At Allied Health Organization, we can help you learn how to distinguish between Covid and the flu to know what illness you’re suffering from when you start experiencing symptoms. When you come to one of our offices located in Florida, Texas, and New York, our expert physicians can perform a PCR (24-48 hour results) or a rapid PCR test (15-30 minute results) for Covid and the flu. We also will send one of our professionals to go to your home if you are unable to come to one of our offices. Call our testing phone line to find the best option. Our phone number is 954-945-8006.
Similarities—the Flu and Covid-19
*Both Covid and the flu can be mild, asymptomatic, severe, and even fatal.
*Both illnesses often result in pneumonia.
*Both can cause body aches, cough, fever, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting (especially in kids).
*Both are highly contagious respiratory diseases.
How It Spreads
Both Covid-19 and the flu have similar ways of spreading. Smaller virus particles or droplets from an infected person can transfer the virus to others nearby. The microscopic particles can linger in the atmosphere, and other people can become infected when they inhale them.
*The viruses can stick on a surface. When you touch that surface with your hands, you’ll get infected if you rub your face before washing your hands. Covid virus particles can survive on some surfaces as long as 24 hours.
*When you’re infected with the flu or the coronavirus, you might not realize you are sick for the first few days, and that’s when you can spread the illness to other people without knowing. If you suspect that you have been around someone who was told that they have either of the viruses, take the proper precautions and get testing as soon as possible. Call us at 954-945-8006 to set an appointment today.
Differences—the Flu and Covid
Covid and the flu have considerable differences, including different treatments, causes, and complications. The flu is caused by A and B types of influenza viruses, while SARS-CoV-2 is a new coronavirus that causes Covid.
Covid-19, compared to the flu, can affect every organ in the body causing different complications like blood clots, multisystem inflammatory syndrome, etc. Sometimes the organs such as the heart, lungs and kidney are so damaged that patients develop ‘long Covid’ which are post-Covid conditions is a wide range of new, returning or ongoing health problems that people may experience more than four weeks after being first infected with SARS-CoV-2 according to the American Medical Association.
Long Covid symptoms are typically a tremendous amount of fatigue, brain fog, and muscle pain. The rarer symptoms of long Covid can affect every bodily function ranging from digestive problems to night sweats, from depression, to even hair loss. Don’t take a chance with Covid, if you feel sick then get tested.
If you experience any symptoms or complications of coronavirus, ensure to call the Doctor’s office immediately. If you live in south Florida, central Florida we can come to your home to test you or you can also visit one of our many offices throughout Florida, Texas, and New York. The expert physicians will assess your situation using one of the tests to customize a treatment plan that will restore your health in no time.
The Importance of PCR Testing If You’re Filling Sick
PCR (polymerase chain reaction) is a laboratory method used in clinical and research practices to copy, or amplify, small fragments of genetic materials (DNA). A Coronavirus test applies a modified form of PCR known as qPCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction). The method includes fluorescent dyes to PCR procedures to measure the level of genetic materials in a sample. If you’re experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, having a PCR test is necessary as it can help detect the presence of pathogens like SARS-CoV-2.
Covid PCR Test
The PCR test for coronavirus is a molecular examination that analyzes the patient’s upper respiratory specimen to look for genetic material (RNA or ribonucleic acid) of SARS-CoV-2. The accuracy of a PCR test in determining the pathogen is over 99%. You should accept nothing less.
When you come to our Dallas office, New York office, south Florida office, or central Florida, we can perform for you a PCR test. Our lab technicians can use the PCR testing technology to intensify small amounts of ribonucleic acid from specimens into DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid, which is replicated till SARS-CoV-2 is observable if present.
When Should You Get Tested for Coronavirus?
At Allied Health Organization, we recommend you get tested if you have one or more of these symptoms:
*New loss of smell or taste
*Body or muscle aches
*Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
*Fever or chills
*Vomiting or nausea
*Runny or congestive nose
Not everyone with the illness develops symptoms. And it’s not a must for all symptomatic people to develop these symptoms. Check with your physician if you’re not feeling well, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated. When you visit one of our offices in the country, our team of medical professionals will use the state-of-the-art facilities to assess your condition, perform a lab test if necessary, to determine the underlying cause quickly and affordably. We also perform mobile testing to help those who cannot access one of our state-of-the-art offices in the country. You can contact us about our mobile testing facilities and service by calling 954-945-8006.
Getting Checked Even If You’re Vaccinated
Vaccines provide an effective way of preventing serious illness, infection, and death. However, their effectiveness is not 100% at preventing infection. Many people who have been vaccinated can still get the illness. If you’re not feeling well or experiencing one or more symptoms of Covid-19, it would be helpful to you if you seek medical help as soon as possible, even if you’re fully vaccinated.
About Allied Health Organization
Allied Health Organization is a medical clinic with offices in Hialeah, New York, Dallas, Sanford, Fort Pierce, and Cooper City. We offer accessible and convenient tests to the community. If you live in south Florida or the Orlando area we will come to your home to administer a PCR test if you are unable to travel to one of our offices. All our tests are directed and observed by experienced healthcare workers. Our mission is to offer dependable testing for you, your loved one, and your community.
We have partnered with an excellent FDA-approved and CLIA Certified laboratory to ensure that you receive an accurate test result with the quickest turnaround time. When you visit one of our offices in the country, you can access laboratory results within 24-72 hours.
99.97% Accuracy of Outcomes
We provide both oral and nasal swab testing for the illness. Both offer 99.97% accuracy for testing for an active infection. All our tests are FDA EUA-approved in compliance with rules and guidelines set by the CDC.
Well-Trained and Licensed Medical Professionals
At Allied Health Organization, our medical professionals are well-trained and licensed to perform different tests. They will collect your samples per the set protocols by the CDC. Our staff is trained and knowledgeable on correct sample correction methods to ensure one sample does not contaminate another. Our goal is to ensure you get the most accurate diagnosis possible, and we will surely help you achieve that when you visit one of our medical facilities for a test.
Your Safety is Our Top Concern
At Allied Health Organization, we’ve put in several efforts and measures to maintain the highest on-site cleanliness in all our offices across the country. That’s necessary to safeguard the health and well-being of patients, our staff members, and the community.
By maintaining the highest level of cleanliness in all our facilities, you can access the best-quality care without facing the fear of exposure or contamination as you undergo a test.
Schedule Your Covid-19 Test Today
Allied Health Organization is proud to offer patients the premier quality of diagnostic testing and comprehensive care. Our team of medical professionals is committed to following the governmental and CDC guidelines to help end the spread of the deadly Covid using state-of-the-art medical technology. We provide tests for individuals, businesses, and in-home testing for patients in different regions across the country. Keeping individuals, families, and communities safe is our passion. Call us today with any questions you have about our services or to schedule your test today.