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The Similarities of the Flu & COVID-19

For the upcoming flu season, the influenza vaccine will be critical to reduce the impact of respiratory illness in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Because we don’t currently have a way to prevent COVID-19 outside of social distancing, practicing good hygiene and disinfecting commonly used surfaces, it is highly recommended everyone get a flu vaccine this year.

Below are some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and how they compare to flu symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

Differences between COVID-19 and Flu

Similarities

Both COVID-19 and the flu have the following symptoms and are spread in similar ways.

  • Both can be transmitted through person to person contact or droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking.
  • Both can be transmitted by someone who isn’t showing signs of being sick or experiencing any symptoms.
  • Both can live on surfaces

Differences

  • COVID-19 and Influenza are different types of viruses that can cause similar symptoms in humans.
  • The Influenza virus  does not live in the air for a certain amount of time.
  • The flu spreads faster than COVID-19 and symptoms appear sooner. Flu symptoms become visible within 1-4 days while COVID-19 can take up to 14 days.
  • COVID-19 is more deadly than the flu.  The mortality rate for the flu is less than 1% of people infected while COVID-19 has a mortality rate of 4%-6% of people infected.
  • The most important difference is – there is a vaccine to prevent the flu!

Visit any pharmacy for a flu shot today, no appointment needed. To keep everyone safe, we have implemented new safety measures this year:

  1. All patients getting a flu shot are required to wear a mask
  2. Please take a moment to complete the intake form here prior to coming to the pharmacy

Strep Testing Now Available

It’s strep throat season and if you think you or someone in the family might have strep throat, visit any of our Maceys, Lin’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s or Dick’s Market * pharmacies to request a rapid strep test. Walk ins are welcome and if positive, antibiotics will be dispensed. This convenient and easy test saves you time and provides you with treatment options to ensure you start feeling better quickly. Visit our website to find a pharmacy near you.

*Not available at Dick’s Bountiful and Lin’s Overton.

Strep Testing Now Available

It’s strep throat season and if you think you or someone in the family might have strep throat, visit any of our Macey’s, Lin’s, Frehs Market, Dan’s or Dick’s Market * pharmacies to request a rapid strep test. Walk-ins are welcome and if positive, antibiotics will be dispensed. This convenient and easy test saves you time and provides you with treatment options to ensure you start feeling better quickly. Visit our website to find a pharmacy near you.

*Not available at Dick’s Bountiful and Lin’s Overton

Ways to Prevent Strep Throat

Unfortunately, strep throat is not a one and done infection. If you’ve had it once, that does not prevent you from getting it again in the future. Taking precautions and practicing good hygiene can help minimize your exposure to the virus.

  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or elbow, not your hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds (Try singing your ABCs to count)
  • Don’t share utensils, glasses or plates with someone who is sick
  • Replace your toothbrush after 2 days of antibiotic use
  • Try not to touch your face or mouth without washing your hands (this is the trick the doctors use)
  • Exercise caution around someone who thinks they might have strep

Unfortunately, strep throat is not a one and done infection. If you’ve had it once, that does not prevent you from getting it again in the future. Taking precautions and practicing good hygiene can help minimalize your exposure to the virus.

  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or elbow, not your hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds (Try singing your ABCs to count)
  • Don’t share utensils, glasses or plates with someone who is sick
  • Replace your toothbrush after 2 days of antibiotic use
  • Try not to touch your face or mouth without washing your hands (this is the trick the doctors use)
  • Exercise caution around someone who thinks they might have strep

Could it be Strep?


If your sore throat is accompanied by cough, runny nose or hoarseness, it probably isn’t strep throat. Those symptoms suggest a viral infection such as the flu, whereas strep is caused by bacteria. If you display the following symptoms, we offer a convenient rapid strep test at all our Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s or Fresh Market pharmacies. *

  • Rapid onset of sore throat  
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Fever
  • Swollen and red tonsils
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain / nausea (especially in younger children)

If the results are positive, our pharmacists will dispense antibiotics along with care instructions. If the results are negative, you can have peace of mind that it is likely a virus and our pharmacists will provide over-the-counter recommendations to help you start feeling better.

*Not available at Dick’s Bountiful and Lin’s Overton.

During your visit

After completing a brief questionnaire, a trained pharmacist will perform a throat swab and discuss your symptoms. If positive, you will be prescribed an antibiotic, personal treatment plan and care instructions.

Positive strep test

Strep throat is extremely contagious. Ensure you or your child stay home for a minimum of 24 hours to prevent infecting others around you. After 24 hours of antibiotic, the infection is no longer considered contagious. Antibiotics are an integral part of preventing the infection from spreading.

You should start feeling better one-two days after starting antibiotics. Follow up with your care provider if you are not feeling better after 48 hours.

Open Enrollment- Medicare Part D

Open enrollment is happening now through December 7. Our Dan’s Market pharmacy can help identify the Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan that is best for you. Don’t miss your opportunity to save on your 2020 prescription expenses. Contact us to schedule a FREE Medicare Plan Comparison today.

We will be the preferred provider for the following plans:*

Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure (PDP)
Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure-Essential (PDP)
Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure-Extra (PDP)
Clear Spring Health Premier Rx (PDP)
Clear Spring Health Value Rx (PDP)
EnvisionRxPlus (PDP)
Express Scripts Medicare – Choice (PDP)
Express Scripts Medicare – Value (PDP)
Mutual of Omaha Rx Plus (PDP)
Mutual of Omaha Rx Value (PDP)
Regence Medicare Script Basic (PDP)
Regence Medicare Script Enhanced (PDP)
SilverScript Choice (PDP)
WellCare Classic (PDP)
WellCare Medicare Rx Saver (PDP)
WellCare Medicare Rx Select (PDP)
WellCare Medicare Rx Value Plus (PDP)
WellCare Value Script (PDP)
WellCare Wellness Rx (PDP)

*Plans listed are for Utah only. For Lin’s Overton, please contact the pharmacy team for a specific list of plans.

Open Enrollment- Medicare Part D

Open enrollment is happening now through December 7. Our Dick’s Market pharmacy can help identify the Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan that is best for you. Don’t miss your opportunity to save on your 2020 prescription expenses. Contact us to schedule a FREE Medicare Plan Comparison today.

We will be the preferred provider for the following plans:*

Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure (PDP)
Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure-Essential (PDP)
Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure-Extra (PDP)
Clear Spring Health Premier Rx (PDP)
Clear Spring Health Value Rx (PDP)
EnvisionRxPlus (PDP)
Express Scripts Medicare – Choice (PDP)
Express Scripts Medicare – Value (PDP)
Mutual of Omaha Rx Plus (PDP)
Mutual of Omaha Rx Value (PDP)
Regence Medicare Script Basic (PDP)
Regence Medicare Script Enhanced (PDP)
SilverScript Choice (PDP)
WellCare Classic (PDP)
WellCare Medicare Rx Saver (PDP)
WellCare Medicare Rx Select (PDP)
WellCare Medicare Rx Value Plus (PDP)
WellCare Value Script (PDP)
WellCare Wellness Rx (PDP)

*Plans listed are for Utah only.

Open Enrollment- Medicare Part D

Open enrollment is happening now through December 7. Our Fresh Market pharmacy can help identify the Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan that is best for you. Don’t miss your opportunity to save on your 2020 prescription expenses. Contact us to schedule a FREE Medicare Plan Comparison today.

We will be the preferred provider for the following plans:*

Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure (PDP)
Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure-Essential (PDP)
Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure-Extra (PDP)
Clear Spring Health Premier Rx (PDP)
Clear Spring Health Value Rx (PDP)
EnvisionRxPlus (PDP)
Express Scripts Medicare – Choice (PDP)
Express Scripts Medicare – Value (PDP)
Mutual of Omaha Rx Plus (PDP)
Mutual of Omaha Rx Value (PDP)
Regence Medicare Script Basic (PDP)
Regence Medicare Script Enhanced (PDP)
SilverScript Choice (PDP)
WellCare Classic (PDP)
WellCare Medicare Rx Saver (PDP)
WellCare Medicare Rx Select (PDP)
WellCare Medicare Rx Value Plus (PDP)
WellCare Value Script (PDP)
WellCare Wellness Rx (PDP)

*Plans listed are for Utah only. For Lin’s Overton, please contact the pharmacy team for a specific list of plans.