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Cold & H1N1 Flu Chart
Know the Difference between Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms
|Fever||Fever is rare with a cold. ||Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.|
|Coughing||A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. ||A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough). |
Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
|Severe aches and pains are common with the flu. |
|Stuffy Nose||Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. ||Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu. |
|Chills||Chills are uncommon with a cold. || 60% of people who have the flu experience chills. |
|Tiredness||Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. ||Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu. |
|Sneezing||Sneezing is commonly present with a cold. ||Sneezing is not common with the flu. |
|Sudden Symptoms||Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. ||The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains. |
|Headache||A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.||A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases. |
Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
|Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu. |
|Chest Discomfort||Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. ||Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.|
Important Note: The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.