Cold and Flu – What are the differences?

Both the common cold and the flu have very
similar symptoms but they are actually different conditions. Firstly, cold and flu are caused by different
categories of viruses. The flu if untreated can be more serious than
a cold. For instance, a common complication associated with flu is pneumonia However, there are also a number of similarities
between the two conditions. Just like cold viruses, flu viruses enter
your body through the mucus membranes of the nose, eyes, or mouth. The common symptoms associated with a cold
are a blocked or runny nose, a cough and/or a sore throat. For flu, the systems usually consist of a
fever of 38-40 degrees centigrade ( or 100-104 degrees Fahrenheit), muscle aches and a cough.
These may be accompanied by feelings of exhaustion. Flu symptoms tend to appear 1-3 days after
infection and most people recover within 1-2 weeks. Usually a cold takes approximately a week
to clear. The good news is that it is possible to manage
the symptoms associated with cold or flu yourself if you are fit and in good health. Scientists have also found that washing hands
frequently can prevent both cold and flu to a certain extent Generally, the total number of cold and flu
infections peaks between December and March every year. It is possible to have a flu vaccine (or flu
jab) to prevent seasonal influenza. Within two weeks of getting a flu vaccination,
the immune system will develop antibodies and provide protection against the flu. Normally health authorities recommend that
those who are likely to develop problematic complications associated with flu, such as
pneumonia, should have a flu vaccination every year. According to the World Health Organisation
the latest flu jab would protect against many types of flu viruses including the infamous
H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. If you liked this video and are eager to watch
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