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It is a privilege to share our 2021 Donor & Community Impact Report with you! As you read the report, you will see that SpiriTrust Lutheran® continued to face challenges related to COVID-19 and emerged stronger. Because of the generosity of our donors, the courage of our volunteer leadership and the tenacity of our teams our commitment to our mission is strong and sustainable.

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Coronavirus & Influenza

The flu vaccine is the number one way to prevent spreading the highly contagious influenza virus.

Older people, young children, people with certain health conditions and those living with long-term disabilities – all populations we serve – are at high risk of serious flu complications which could result in hospitalization or death.

The strains of virus that cause influenza change almost every year, and even if they don’t change immunity declines over time, which is why the CDC recommends vaccination against influenza every year.

Protect yourself and the ones you love by:

  • Getting a flu vaccine, as it is more important now than ever. Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but will reduce the burden of flu illnesses and hospitalizations on the healthcare system and conserve scarce medical resources for the care of people with COVID-19.
  • Following the same preventive measures you have been following to stop the spread of COVID-19.
    • If you are ill or have a fever, stay away from others, especially those who may be at high risk for
      complications from the flu or COVID-19.
    • Avoid contact with those who are ill.
    • Frequently wash your hands.
    • Disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with the flu virus.
    • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
    • Wear a mask in public settings, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Practice safe social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet between you and others, if you must go out.

Similarities and differences between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19

Signs & Symptoms

Influenza and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses but are caused by different viruses. 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.

Common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

Other signs and symptoms of COVID-19, different from flu, may include change in or loss of taste or smell.

How long can symptoms appear after exposure and infection?

For both COVID-19 and the flu, one or more days can pass between a person becoming infected and when he or she starts to experience illness symptoms.

If a person has COVID-19, it could take them longer to develop symptoms than if they had flu. Typically, a person develops symptoms anywhere from one to four days after infection with flu. For COVID-19, a person develops symptoms five days after being infected, but symptoms can appear as early as two days after infection or as late as 14 days after infection.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)