Accessibility Statement

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience. To do so, we are actively working with consultants to update the website by increasing its accessibility and usability by persons who use assistive technologies such as automated tools, keyboard-only navigation, and screen readers.

We are working to have the website conform to the relevant standards of the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards developed by the United States Access Board, as well as the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These standards and guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. We believe that conformance with these standards and guidelines will help make the website more user friendly for all people.

Our efforts are ongoing. While we strive to have the website adhere to these guidelines and standards, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage, please contact WebsiteAccess@tenethealth.com so that we may be of assistance.

Thank you. We hope you enjoy using our website.

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Allergies, Cold, Flu or COVID-19?

Symptoms of a cold, flu, COVID-19 and even allergies can be similar. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health provide the following most common symptoms, all of which may vary from person to person. Please note that information continues to evolve about COVID-19.


Symptoms & Signs Allergies Cold Flu COVID-19
Symptom Timing Gradual or chronic Gradual Symptoms typically appear 1-4 days after infection Symptoms typically appear 5 days after infection, but can be as soon as 2 days and up to 14 days
Fever or feeling feverish Never Rare Sometimes Typical
Chills Never Uncommon Typical Typical
Headache Uncommon Uncommon Typical Typical
Muscle pain or body aches Never Slight Typical Typical
Fatigue Sometimes Sometimes Typical Typical
Cough Sometimes Mild to moderate Typical Typical
Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath Unusual, except for conditions such as asthma Uncommon Typical Typical
Sore throat Sometimes Common Sometimes Sometimes
Runny or stuffy nose Common Common Sometimes Sometimes
Sneezing Typical Common Sometimes Not common
Vomiting and diarrhea Never Rare More common in children than adults Typical
New Loss of taste or smell Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Typical

Colds, the flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses, and the difference can be undetectable by symptoms alone. Seek a test to confirm a diagnosis. Please don’t delay care.

Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institutes of Health