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Know the Difference Between Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms (Oct. 23rd, 2009)

Here is a list of common cold and H1N1 flu symptoms.


  • Fever is rare with a cold.
  • Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
  • A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
  • Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
  • Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
  • Chills are uncommon with a cold.
  • Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
  • Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
  • A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
  • Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
  • Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

H1N1 Flu

  • 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 flu.
  • Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.
  • A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
  • Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.
  • Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.
  • 60% of people who have the flu experience chills.
  • Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.
  • Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.
  • A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
  • Sneezing is not common with the flu.
  • The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours . The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.

The only way to stop the spread of diseases is to spread the awareness. Wash your hands, cover your cough and stay home when you’re sick!




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