It is now not only COVID season, but also flu season. Yikes! Is it time to head to your local immediate care? Or the emergency room?

Just this past year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated 18,000,000 Americans received medical visits for their flu symptoms. Experiencing flu symptoms or not sure how severe your symptoms are? Keep reading to find out more on when to visit an Immediate Care and when to visit the ER.

This time of year can be hard on everyone. Cold weather, barren trees, sniffly noses and sore throats all go hand-in-hand for the Autumn season in Northeast Ohio.

nurse testing for COVID symptoms and flu symptoms in an immediate care

Ultimately, it’s important to self-assess. If you believe you are experiencing severe flu or COVID symptoms, such as shortness of breath, be sure to call your doctor ASAP or head into the ER for evaluation. According to the CDC, “Most people who get flu will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of flu, some of which can be life-threatening and result in death.” Severe symptoms that are left untreated can lead to complications and longer hospital stays.

If your symptoms are moderate, you’re most likely safe enough to go to an immediate care near you. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue and stomach issues, but not to be confused with the common cold. Flu symptoms are abrupt and include more severe symptoms while the common cold produces symptoms gradually and more moderately. Either way, it is best to be examined by a licensed professional who can assess and treat certain symptoms to make you feel a bit more yourself. 

patient and doctor in a hospital

Most doctors’ offices are requesting patients with any signs of COVID to refrain from scheduling a visit or speak to the doctor via telehealth. Most immediate cares and hospitals are more accepting and ready to take on patients with potential COVID symptoms. Wherever you choose to go, be sure to wear a mask and keep a six-foot distance if you are feeling ill.

On Demand Occupational Medicine offers solutions to each of the previously mentioned ailments, and more. With a new Immediate Care office, our doctors and nurse practitioners can assess, treat and follow-up with your symptoms and medical care. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments must be made if you wish to receive an instant COVID test. On Demand also is offering flu shots, so be sure to come in and prevent yourself from catching the flu or spreading the virus to someone else.

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