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Common Cold or H1N1 Flu?

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It’s late November now, and we are well into Autumn. Another, more sinister season is just beginning, however – cold and flu season. As your friends, family, coworkers, and classmates fall victim to illness, it may seem inevitable that you too will get sick.

This year, much has been spoken and written about the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. But how can you tell if this dreaded bug is to blame for your ailments and not a simple cold virus?

Your symptoms can tell you a lot about what you’re suffering from. For example, fever is generally rare with the common cold. In contrast, fever is present in about 80% of H1N1 cases, with an elevated temperature of 100 degrees or higher for three or more days being a common indicator. A mucous-producing cough and stuffy or runny nose is typical for a cold, while a dry cough and a lack of nasal congestion is more likely associated with H1N1. Headaches are fairly unusual for a cold, while up to 80% of H1N1 victims suffer from headaches. Sore throat, on the other hand, is often present with a cold and generally rare with H1N1.

Aches, chills, and fatigue can be present with both the cold and H1N1. However, individuals with H1N1 tend to experience these symptoms to a much greater degree. The major difference with regard to these symptoms is the time of onset. Cold symptoms develop slowly over a few days. H1N1 symptoms hit hard and fast, usually within 3-6 hours.

This cold and flu season, be sure to take steps to avoid getting sick. If your best efforts fail, however, be sure to monitor your symptoms closely and consult with your doctor.

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  1. Teresa Allen says:
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    Superstar CBS Reporter Blows the Lid Off the Swine Flu Media Hype and Hysteria

    *This is a very good interview*

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/24/Superstar-CBS-Reporter-Blows-the-Lid-Off-the-Swine-Flu-Media-Hype-and-Hysteria.aspx

    Sharyl Attkisson is a CBS News correspondent and investigative reporter. She’s covered Capitol Hill since February 2006 and has been a Washington-based correspondent there since January 1995. She was also part of the CBS news team that received the Edward Murrow Award in 2005 for overall excellence. Additionally, she received an Outstanding Investigative Journalism Emmy in 2002 for a series on the Red Cross.