Cold & flu

Our best analysis of research, body of knowledge, and secret wisdom about how to combat colds and the flu

  • Cold? Flu? COVID? How do I know?

    Cold? Flu? COVID? How do I know?

    Determine symptoms of COVID, Flu or Cold

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  • Why wearing a mask is still a smart practice

    Why wearing a mask is still a smart practice

    Not sure when or how to wear a mask when you head out the door? Get answers to commonly asked questions on masks, kids and dealing with mask anxiety.

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  • Flu shots lessen the impact of a COVID-flu combo

    Flu shots lessen the impact of a COVID-flu combo

    Getting a flu vaccine is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy and protect yourself this fall and winter.

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  • Is it allergies, a cold, the flu or COVID-19? (Infographic)

    Is it allergies, a cold, the flu or COVID-19? (Infographic)

    Allergies, colds, flu and COVID-19 share many symptoms, but there are key differences. This infographic outlines how to tell them apart.

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  • How do you know if your teen has mono?

    How do you know if your teen has mono?

    Discover whether the “kissing disease” might be responsible for your teen’s fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache and body aches.

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  • “Alexa, book me an Express Care appointment”

    “Alexa, book me an Express Care appointment”

    Providence St. Joseph Health and Amazon team up to bring Express Care appointments to Alexa.

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  • How to get through your child's flu

    How to get through your child's flu

    This infographic offers helpful tips and to-dos for parents while their child is sick with the seasonal cold or flu.

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  • How to host a healthy holiday, featuring Express Care

    How to host a healthy holiday, featuring Express Care

    Follow these quick tips for a healthier holiday gathering. If symptoms show up to the party, Express Care can be your fastest way back to the festivities.

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  • How to help prevent the flu (on top of the shot)

    How to help prevent the flu (on top of the shot)

    Practicing good hygiene and developing healthy habits, in addition to getting the flu shot, helps your body fend off the flu. Express Care is your fast path to treatment if you're seeing flu symptoms.

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  • Keep your kids healthy this winter

    Keep your kids healthy this winter

    Follow these children's health guidelines and download the Circle app for parenting tips and tools as you prepare for winter holiday parties and celebrations.

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  • How to protect your family from food poisoning

    How to protect your family from food poisoning

    Equip yourself with the smarts to keep your family’s dinner table safe from germs and toxins that cause food poisoning.

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  • Get your flu shot now!

    Get your flu shot now!

    The good news for flu season is that treatment options are available.

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  • Viral gastroenteritis is no fun, but it's not the flu

    Viral gastroenteritis is no fun, but it's not the flu

    Symptoms of viral gastroenteritis include diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. People often call it stomach flu, but it's not influenza.

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  • 5 skin conditions that commonly thrive at the gym—and how to avoid them

    5 skin conditions that commonly thrive at the gym—and how to avoid them

    Fungi and bacteria lurk on your favorite workout machines and in common areas at the gym. Learn how to protect your skin against gym germs.

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  • Ask the pediatrician: Surprising facts about swimmer’s ear

    Ask the pediatrician: Surprising facts about swimmer’s ear

    Did you know you can get swimmer's ear without getting wet? Swimmer's ear isn't your garden variety ear infection, and it needs to be treated differently.

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  • Here’s how to make your child’s earaches less of a pain

    Here’s how to make your child’s earaches less of a pain

    There are many reasons why your child’s ear may be hurting, so it’s best to have a doctor examine it to ensure it is treated properly.

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  • First-aid tips and a DIY kit for minor cuts and scrapes

    First-aid tips and a DIY kit for minor cuts and scrapes

    Proper care for minor cuts, wounds and scrapes reduces the risk of infection and helps minimize scarring. Treat them with these first-aid tips and make your own first-aid kit.

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  • Flu season is almost upon us: See a provider about the flu vaccine soon

    Flu season is almost upon us: See a provider about the flu vaccine soon

    Changes in flu treatment may be on the horizon, but health officials say you should continue to get an annual flu shot.

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  • Diverticulitis may be on the rise: Diet can decrease risk

    Diverticulitis may be on the rise: Diet can decrease risk

    The incidence of the intestinal disease diverticulitis appears to be increasing; the cause is not definitively known, but some likely culprits are, and a high-fiber diet may reduce risk.

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  • Why does your young athlete need an annual sports physical?

    Why does your young athlete need an annual sports physical?

    Just as sports can be for everybody, a pre-participation physical exam should be, too, especially for young athletes.

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