Unfortunately, yes. Florida is seeing a new surge in confirmed Covid-19 cases, passing the 1 million cases mark this past week as the winter months mean that more people are spending more time indoors.
Combined with holiday travel and the extended ban on the enforceability of masks, the last few weeks have seen positivity rates across the state rising past 5% (the virus is considered under control when positivity rates are below this number).
You can learn more about the current status of Covid-19 in Florida at the Florida Covid-19 Response website.
Is it the flu or Covid-19?
Complicating matters this year, the flu hasn’t exactly taken the season off. In fact, the flu and Covid-19 have similar symptoms even though they are two different illnesses.
Symptoms that both viruses share include
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Muscle pain or aches
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Runny or stuffy nose
Since both illnesses are very contagious and can lead to hospitalization in some people, it’s important to self-quarantine if you are sick to help protect not only you, but your family and those around you.
How can you tell the difference between flu and Covid-19? The only way to know which type of virus you have is to get tested.
Where can you get tested?
You can get tested for Covid-19 at many clinics, drive-in centers, community centers, urgent care centers, and some university campuses. You can find a complete list of testing sites, as well as the type of tests offered, at the Florida Covid-19 Testing Sites finder.
Keep in mind that due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in Florida, you may encounter long lines at testing centers. Be sure to come prepared with snacks, drinks, and something to stay entertained while you wait.
Does a DIY Covid-19 test work?
DIY Covid-19 tests are available for purchase at select pharmacies and for direct-to-you delivery. These tests eliminate the need to leave your home and risk exposing yourself or others to the virus. A standard kit includes everything you need to collect a nasal swab or saliva sample and send it to a lab for processing. Results typically return within 3 business days, although this timeframe may be longer if the lab is experiencing a backlog due to increased testing demands.
It’s important to note that DIY kits are limited in that you can only get the RT-PCR test for home use at this time. The rapid antigen and antibody tests must be performed by a licensed clinician. With DIY kits, you will also not receive professional medical guidance and care, meaning that there is a possibility you may not perform the self-test correctly.
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Skip The Covid-19 Surge With In-Home Covid-19 Testing And Flu Shots
Although DIY kits can be valuable, they may not be right for everyone. Fortunately, there’s another way to get tested in your home by a medical professional. Drip Hydration brings Covid-19 tests to your home for safe and convenient testing. We are also offering in-home flu shots to help make sure you are protected during flu season.