Everything to Know About NYC Health’s COVID Tests and Flu Shots

(NYC Trend) — The state of NYC’s public health has been a concern for the past year. But it’s a relief to know that NYC Health is doing its part to inform the community of NYC on how to be preventative, stay healthy, and decode their symptoms. 

If you are suffering from a scratchy throat or an occasional sneeze, or if you find yourself running a fever, it’s best to get to a doctor to get checked out before you take matters into your own hands. There are a lot of germs floating around the globe right now, and though you may show signs of one virus, it easily could be another. So try not to panic! Instead, get informed with NYC Health. 

Is it COVID or the Flu?

It’s true that COVID and the flu share many similar symptoms, however, they stem from different viruses. Both diagnoses have symptoms of fever, chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, or diarrhea. One symptom that makes COVID stand out is a loss of taste, which is not associated with the traditional flu.

It’s important to know, however, that both diagnoses are serious and can both lead to pneumonia, hospitalization, or death. So it is best to go to the doctor immediately if you show signs of any symptoms.

If you are positive for the flu or COVID, symptoms usually start to become apparent shortly after exposure. But, with COVID, there is a possibility of symptoms not appearing until 14 days later, which widens the gap for the spread of the virus. Furthermore, many people who have COVID will not show any signs at all, which is not something that the flu shares.

The only way to know which diagnosis you have, if either, is to get tested.

Where to Get a COVID Test

Finding a testing site in NYC has been made easier with NYC Health. Right now, many health care providers, government facilities, and pop-up testing sites are offering tests to citizens of NYC. There are many options for tests including free tests, facilities that will test children under two-years-old, and rapid testing for more immediate concerns. 

To find a testing site, type, and time that works for you, follow this link. 

Where to Get a Flu Shot

Just because COVID is at the center of our minds right now, it doesn’t mean that the dreaded season flu is out of the picture. That’s why it’s still important to get a flu vaccine this season. It is recommended that everyone six months and older should be vaccinated each year to reduce their risk of catching the flu.

These vaccinations are available at pharmacies and healthcare facilities throughout the city. It’s best to call ahead to make sure there are vaccines available before you stop by. These vaccines are usually covered by health insurance, but if you are without, there is an opportunity to get a low-cost vaccine. 

To find a location for your flu shot, check out this link here

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