Updated on 04/01/2020, 3:25 PM EST

The coronavirus pandemic unfortunately coincided with allergy season. We’re also still in the final phase of the annual flu season. And all three have similar symptoms.

According to health care professionals, the symptoms of coronavirus include a fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Those symptoms mimic other illnesses, so how can you tell if you have coronavirus or something else?

In the March 20 issue of USA TODAY, Dr. Maria Granzotti, chief medical officer at Ascension Texas, outlined the differences.

Is it a Cold, the Flu or Coronavirus symptom table

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends monitoring your symptoms. If you have trouble breathing, seek medical attention, but call your doctor or emergency room first to report your symptoms.

If you develop emergency warning signs* for coronavirus, get medical attention immediately.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning

24/7 Access to a Physician with Teledoc
Unsure of what your symptoms mean? Then consider using Teledoc services.

Teledoc is available to employees and their family members covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.

With Teledoc, you get 24/7 access to a board-certified physician through the convenience of the phone or by video consultations.

Teledoc doctors can help you assess your symptoms to determine if you have a common cold or if you may be infected with coronavirus.

Teledoc doctors can also treat many common medical conditions, including:

  • Flu
  • Allergies
  • Bronchitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Respiratory infections
  • Sinus problems
  • And more!

AmeriLife will reimburse employees the full cost of their first three (3) Teledoc visits and then reimburse employees $35 for every Teledoc visit after that. (That means your first three Teledoc visits are free and only $5 for each thereafter.)

Sign Up for Teledoc
If you haven’t already, sign up for your Teledoc account today to save time when you need to contact them.

  1. Get you Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida insurance card
  2. Go to Teledoc.com or call 866-789-8155 to set up your account
  3. Once you have an account, log in with your username and password whenever you need to consult with a physician

Please contact HR@AmeriLife.com for any questions about Teledoc services.

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