Thursday, October 29, 2009

Know the Difference between a Cold/FLU and H1N1 Flu Symptoms

Symptom
Cold/Flu
H1N1 Flu

Fever
Fever is rare
Temperatures of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days

Coughing
A hacking (mucus-producing) cough is often present
A drycough is usually present

Aches
Slight body aches and pains
Severe aches and pains

Stuffy Nose
Stuffy nose is commonly present and typically resolves spontaneously within a week
Stuffy nose is not commonly present

Chills
Chills are uncommon
Chills occur in 60% of cases

Tiredness
Tiredness is fairly mild
Tiredness is moderate to severe

Sneezing
Sneezing is common
Sneezing is not common

Symptoms
Symptoms tend to develop over a few days
Rapid onset within 3-6 hours with sudden symptoms of high fever - muscleaches - shortness of breath - tight chest.

Headache
Headaches are fairly mild
Headaches occur in 80% of cases

Sore Throat
Sore throat is commonly present
Sore throat is not commonly present

Chest Discomfort
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate
Chest discomfort is often severe

The only way to stop the epidemic is to spread the awareness.

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