Cold, Flu and Covid-19
As we approach flu season, many people are wondering how the flu and COVID-19 symptoms are different. The issue at hand is many of the symptoms are similar between the two illnesses. This year, it's more important than ever to protect yourself and others by getting a flu shot.
To help you identify the symptoms of the flu and COVID-19, here is a chart comparing the two:
These recommendations are from the Center's For Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), National Association of School Nurses (NASN), Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Dayton Children's Hospital:
If your child has been sick with a cold of the flu, they may return to school when:
1. They have been fever free for 24 hours with no medication.
- A fever per this guidelines is 100 degrees or higher
2. The have not vomited for 24 hours with no medication.
- If your child vomited during the night do not send them to school
3. They have not had diarrhea for 24 hours with no medication.
- If your child had diarrhea during the night do not send them to school
4. They have been on antibiotics for 24 hours for an infection.
- This includes strep throat and pink eye
- If your child wakes up and their eye(s) are red, having crusting on lashes and yellow/greenish drainage in corner of eye(s) do not send them to school
If you child has a cough that has kept them up, is frequent, and/or they have had for several weeks do not send them to school, and we recommend following up with your licensed health care provider.
For information regarding reporting COVID-19, when and how to self quarantine and the procedures for returning to school after testing positive for COVID-19, please visit our Health Protocol page.