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.
|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.