Sunday, October 25, 2009

Subject: Differences between Common Cold & H1N1

Pass this on to family and friends. Especially people with children!

H1N1 flu is about to be upon us and we need to be on top of information regarding it. Here is a comparison to the normal cold symptoms.

Know the Difference between a Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms

H1N1 Flu

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 H1N1 flu.

A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 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 H1N1 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 H1N1 flu.

Chills are uncommon with a cold.
60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.

Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.

Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.

Sudden Symptoms
Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.

A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat
Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.

Chest Discomfort
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.

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


Amy said...

Thanks Connie!

Beverly said...

Great comparison! I have to give a 15 minute speech to veterans next Monday and I am using this as part of it!

Cecelia said...

Thank you for sharing. Steven had the H1N1 virus a few weeks back and was out of it for 4 school days and the weekend. It still took him another week before he said he felt any energy. He didn't even have the energy to text, that was bad.

I am trying to keep the sanitizer around, remind the boys and Rob to keep their hands clean, etc...

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.


ImagineCozy said...

Thanks Connie for the information, it is helpful to know just what to look for.

I am so glad you liked the table segment! Thanks for stopping by.