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Differences Between Cold, Seasonal Flu
& H1N1 Symptoms


swine flu symptoms

With the current panic around swine flu, people get worried every time they catch a common cold. The following table will help to self-diagnose if your current symptoms are symptoms of a regular flu, common cold or swine flu. Remember: Most people who do catch the swine flu get it only mildly, and will not be more sick than if they would have had the common flu. But do take precautions not to spread it more, as some people will get it in the more severe form.

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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