Can I Get the Flu and COVID-19 at the Same Time?
Cold and flu season has arrived, leading many people to wonder if they can get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Both of these viruses attack the respiratory system, and can infect an individual at the same time. This makes it more important than ever before for individuals, especially those who are considered high-risk due to age or existing medical conditions, get the flu vaccine. Both of these contagious viruses can easily be passed from one person to another, through the spread of respiratory droplets produced by sneezing, coughing, or talking. While they are similar in many ways, COVID-19 and the flu are caused by different viruses. The flu is caused by an influenza virus while COVID-19 is caused by a new (or novel) coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
While the symptoms associated with these illnesses are similar, they utilize different receptors in our cells to enter the body. This leaves us vulnerable to becoming infected with both viral infections at the same time, causing a double infection. While there have been reported cases of individuals having both the flu and COVID-19, there is much to be learned about the side effects having both at once will cause. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19, get tested. Both of these viruses are contagious, however, COVID-19 spreads easier than the flu. While older individuals and those with preexisting medical conditions are at highest risk for developing complications with COVID-19, children are at higher risk of developing complications with the flu.
Since the symptoms of both of these illnesses are similar, it can be difficult to determine why a patient is sick without testing. If you do become ill this cold and flu season, the team at Medical Mobile Services is making it simple to determine which illness you have. We provide fully mobile combo COVID-19/flu tests in Houston and throughout Texas. These tests come back with results in less than 72 hours in order to give you helpful insight into what has caused your illness. Knowing if you have one of these viral infections can help you to make the best choices for your care. Schedule an appointment with Mobile Medical Services to learn more about how we can help you this cold and flu season.
Lab Testing That Comes To You
At Medical Mobile Services we believe in making lab testing accessible to everyone, regardless of their insurance coverage and without doctor’s orders. This is why we have focused on providing high-quality mobile medical testing services throughout the state of Texas. It does not matter where you are located, if you are within our service area, we will travel to you, this includes but is not limited to Austin, Conroe, Dallas, El Paso, Galveston, Houston, Killeen, San Antonio, San Marcos, Texarkana. Our team is committed to helping you access the medical tests that you need when you need them — to give you, the customer, a winning service that you can rely on. Every time.
Medical Mobile Services
7211 Regency Square Suite 106,
Houston, TX 77036