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Covid vs Flu Symptoms at AFC Urgent Care Thornton

What is the difference between influenza (the flu) and COVID-19?

It’s important to know the difference between influenza (flu) and COVID-19. They are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses, which call for different treatment regimens. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a coronavirus first identified in 2019, while the flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. From our research, COVID-19 spreads more easily than the flu and people can remain contagious for longer periods of time.

You cannot tell the difference between flu and COVID-19 just by looking at the symptoms alone, as many symptoms overlap. That’s why it’s important for all patients to receive accurate testing and a proper diagnosis. Diagnostic testing is also important because it can reveal if someone has both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

AFC Urgent Care Thornton has in-house lab testing solutions to quickly identify health issues, so you and your loved ones can get back to feeling better soon! We are open seven days a week and our services are available on a walk-in basis. Simply walk into the clinic for your urgent care and Covid testing needs, or you can reserve your spot online.


Q: How long does it take for COVID-19 test results?

A: In most cases, results are available within 1 hour. At our clinic, COVID-19 tests are processed by our in-house medical laboratory, meaning you don’t have to leave the facility to receive a diagnosis. Your Covid test results can be printed in the clinic or delivered automatically to your secure patient portal.

Q. Are walk-ins available for COVID-19 testing?

A. Yes, AFC Urgent Care Thornton has availability for walk-in patients– whether it’s for Covid testing or urgent care services. If you would like, you can conveniently reserve your spot here. When you book online, you have the option of filling out the registration paperwork, which will save you time at the clinic.

Q. What should I do if I have a positive test result?

A. If you are experiencing symptoms along with the positive test, you should stay home and avoid contact with others. We recommend patients to drink plenty of fluids throughout the quarantine process and allow your body to rest and recover. Closely monitor your symptoms to make sure you are getting better and stay in touch with your healthcare provider. It is recommended to quarantine for at least 5 days after symptoms start.

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