Multiple health advocates and federal agencies have been warning the country to pay attention to the ongoing flu epidemic that has claimed victims and has been spreading quickly.
What people are unaware of is how to distinguish symptoms in order to find out if they have a cold or a flu. Federal agents and health advocates have claimed that the most important to look for when you start getting the first symptoms is how pronounced the congestion, the runny nose and sore throat may feel and how long these symptoms last. Patients with influenza suffer with more pronounced symptoms because the virus affects the lungs and the joints. Health advocates urge patients with the symptoms to quickly look for the attention of a physician in order to prevent a potential pneumonia, which could even lead to the death of the patient.
Kids could also suffer with intestinal tract infections, which could also lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Common cold is a viral infection that may be organized in several subcategories in many ways. Colds are usually caused by the coronavirus or adenovirus. Since the virus that cause colds are so varied, it’s hard for scientists to come up with a vaccine that is also effective.
Influenza is a viral infection that can be prevented with the use of vaccinations. In the past, the influenza virus killed between 20 and 100 million lives during the flu pandemic of 1918 and it has been responsible for the hospitalization of about 200,000 people every year. According to official data, 36,000 people die because of the flu every year.
Flu is usually around during the months of November, December and January whereas allergies are more frequent during the spring.
Patients suffering with allergies experience symptoms that resemble colds. Usually, allergic patients do not experience fevers or sore throats. If the symptoms are severe and they have been around for long, you could be coming down with a flu. Colds and flu last about seven to ten days, however, patients with a flu can stay sick for three to four weeks. Allergies can last months.
You will stay safe and help your family to stay safe by following certain tips like washing your hands, avoid sharing utensils or cups with people that have come down with the flu and avoiding any direct contact with those who are sick or sneezing. If the person who has come down with a flu has a fever, he or she is in an infectious state, once the fever is gone, they are not at risk of spreading the virus.
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