Cold or Flu?

sneezing manIt’s funny how whenever we are feeling the cold weather, we think we have the flu. But most of the time, it’s only a inoffensive a cold. What’s the difference between those two terms? Take a look at this table and you will understand.

 

symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare Sudden high fever (102°F/39°C-104°F/40°C)
last 3 to 4 days
Headaches Rare Current, sometime strong
Generalized Pain Sometimes sligthy  Current, sometime acute
Fatigue and weakness sometimes sligthy  Current, strong for 2 to 3 weeks
Extrem Fatigue Rare Predominant early
Flow and Nasal Congestion Current Current
Sneezing Current Sometimes
Sore Throat Current Current
Chest Discomfort, Cought Sometimes mild to moderate Current, can become severe
Complications Sinus congestion or earache possible Can lead to pneumonia and respiratory failure,
worsen a chronic condition, can be fatal
Prevention Frequent hand washing Annual vaccination, Frequent hand washing

 

Gentlemen, learn your differences! Don’t look so miserable because of a little cold…