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December 15, 2020

What is the difference between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19?

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.

There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19. 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. Another important difference is there is a vaccine to protect against flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. More information about differences between flu and COVID-19 is available in the different sections below.

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. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.

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

Symptoms of Coronavirus

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

What you need to know

  • Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
  • Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.


When to seek emergency medical attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Please keep in touch with your Operations Manager with any change in health, safety incidents, schedules, or any stories, good or bad, that need to be told.

Stay Safe.

Holiday Schedule and Important Payroll Information

Hey Everyone-
A reminder to make sure everyone gets paid on time this month.  We really do appreciate you and hope you are ALL Safe.
Just a couple of Housekeeping things.  PLEASE keep an eye on your NStar Email.  There are some changes coming by the end of the year, as far as timecards and payroll go.  We’ll be switching from ADP to Paycor by January.  You will get the info before then, so please check your email often, and I know some of your friends and coworkers would appreciate it if you let them know about this as well!!!
Below is the Christmas Holiday reminder for getting timecards in early. 
Due to the Christmas banking holiday hours, payroll must be processed much earlier than normal, therefore, please follow the below-mentioned deadline request.
Time Period:
12/7-12/20 –  ALL Timecards are due on Wednesday 12/16/20 at MIDNIGHT EST. 
Please include all hours that you are scheduled to work during the time period 12/7-12/20. Anytime differences will be adjusted to the next payroll on January 8, 2021.
Note: There will be no exception to the rule and any hours that come in after MIDNIGHT on Wednesday 12/16/20, will be added to the following payroll (pay date 1/8/2021).
Please contact Annette McDaniel with any questions.
Office: 984-232-0671

Contact Lance: 

Site Operations Coordinator
NSTAR Global Services
Mobile +1.208.598.1934

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