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COVID, Cold or Flu

Updated: Jun 8, 2022

How can I tell the difference?

With so many similarities between the COVID-19, cold and flu viruses, it can be hard to know what exactly is making you feel so terrible.

With winter just around the corner, now is a good time to get your head around the similarities and differences between these all-too-common viruses.

While COVID, and the Omicron variant in particular, is still so prevalent in our communities, the best advice from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is to treat any new sore throat, runny nose, or unusual tiredness as COVID until you have been tested. This makes perfect sense given research from the UK shows that with Omicron, around 50% of “new colds” are in fact COVID. Further, whether it is COVID or not, if you are feeling unwell with cold-like symptoms, it is best to stay home and avoid contact with others. And if you do have to go out, be sure to wear a mask (

When it comes to the workplace, Rapid Antigen Testing allows you to identify and isolate COVID affected workers quickly and help you keep in front of the virus. To find out more about DASA’s Rapid Antigen Testing services reach out on 1300 230 231 or send an email to: today.


DASA (Drug and Alcohol Solutions Australia) is proud to be leading the way in workplace drug and alcohol services throughout Australia. Whether your need is for workplace drug testing and workplace alcohol testing, advice on drug and alcohol policy or ideas on how to communicate your workplace expectations, policies and procedures to your staff, DASA can help. We have the experience, technical expertise and people to lead you to the right solution.

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