Difference Between a Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms

Know the Difference between a Cold and H1N1 Swine 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 H1N1 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 H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough)..

ACHES:

  • 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:

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

TIREDNESS:

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

SNEEZING:

  • 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.

HEADACHE:

  • 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.
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