Colds vs H1N1 – Know the symptoms


DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COLD, SEASONAL FLU & H1N1 SYMPTOMS
SYMPTOM COLD SEASONAL FLU H1N1
FEVER Fever is rare with a cold. Fever is common with the seasonal flu. Fever is usually present with H1N1 in up to 80% of all flue cases. A temperature of 101°
COUGHING A hacking, productive (mucus-producing) cough is often present with a cold. A dry and hacking cough is often present with the seasonal flu. A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with H1N1 (sometimes referred to as dry cough).*
ACHES Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. Moderate body aches are common with the seasonal flu. Severe aches and pains are common with H1N1.*
STUFFY NOSE Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. A runny nose is commonly present with the seasonal flu. Stuffy nose is not commonly present with H1N1.
CHILLS Chills are uncommon with a cold. Chills are mild to moderate with the seasonal flu. 60% of people who have H1N1 experience chills.
TIREDNESS Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate and more likely referred to as a lack of energy with the seasonal flu. Tiredness is moderate to severe with H1N1.*
SNEEZING Sneezing is commonly present with a cold Sneezing is common present with the seasonal flu. Sneezing is not common with H1N1.
SUDDEN SYMPTOMS Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. Symptons tend to develop over a few days and include flushed face, loss of appetite, dizziness and/or vomiting/nausea. Symptoms usually last 4-7 days, depending on the individual. Diarrhea is common. H1N1 has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. H1N1 hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains. Symptoms usually last 4-7 days, depending on the individual. Diarrhea is common.
HEADACHE A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. A headache is fairly common with the seasonal flu. A headache is very common with H1N1 and present in 80% of cases.*
SORE THROAT Sore throat is commonly present with a cold. Sore throat is commonly present with the seasonal flu. Sore throat is not commonly present with H1N1.
CHEST DISCOMFORT Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. Chest discomfort is moderate with the seasonal flu. If it turns severe seek medical attention immediately! Chest discomfort is often severe with H1N1.
PREVENTION TIPS:
cough & sneeze into your elbow
wash hands with soap and warm water for a minimum of 15 -20 seconds. Sing your abc’s or happy birthday to you
use hand sanitizer when soap & water are not available
avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth without washing or using hand sanitizer first
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