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Difference between COVID-19 & Flu

Accoring to the Centers for Disease Control, Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2), and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. 

Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.

While more is learned every day about COVID-19 and the virus that causes it, there is still a lot that is unknown . This page compares COVID-19 and flu, given the best available information to date.

Maxem Health Urgent Care COVID-19 Tests

Rapid Swab Test (Call for availability)

The BD Veritor System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2 is performed with a swab of your nasal passages to determine if you currently have an active COVID-19 infection. It is an accurate point-of-care antigen test with same-day or next-day results.


This FDA approved test is performed with a swab of your nasal passages to determine if you currently have an active COVID-19 infection. Results will range from 24-72 hours due to high testing volume. You will be billed for an office visit (either through your insurance or self-pay).

Rapid Antibody Blood Test

The Cellex COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test is a point-of-care test approved by U.S. FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) that qualitatively detects and differentiates IgM and IgG antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in blood. It provides a timely, same day, result in as little as 15 minutes. (Positive results indicate a current, recent or prior infection. There can be false positives and false negatives). This test and office visit will all be billed to insurance. You will only be responsible for your co-pay. If you are self-paying, the visit and test is $60 total due at time of visit.



COVID-19 Vaccine

All Mississippi residents ages 12 and older are now eligible to recieve a free COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and, once fully vaccinated as per CDC guidelines, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.



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