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Every year influenza causes widespread illness. Colloquially known as the flu, it is caused by a virus and affects people of all ages. The symptoms include fevers, chills, body aches, runny nose, bad cough, and fatigue. Recovery times from the flu will depend on the strain of flu contracted and how your natural immune system responds to it. The severity of the symptoms will vary from person to person; the flu can also cause complications such as pneumonia. It is strongly advised that you seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms continue to worsen.
One of the most effective ways of preventing the flu is through a flu vaccine or shot. The flu vaccine is usually taken once a year, and you are advised to get it from your local healthcare provider. While this doesn’t eliminate the possibility of you contracting the flu, it does help with reducing the severity of the symptoms and shortening recovery time.
One of the most severe pandemics in history was caused by the Spanish flu. This pandemic, known as the great influenza, happened in 1918. It is estimated that one-third of the global population contracted the virus, and around 50 million people died from it. While modern medicine has come a long way since then, it is important to acknowledge the significance and lessons from this pandemic. By educating yourself on the differences between influenza, the common cold, and COVID-19, you’ll be able to understand when you should seek medical assistance.
While the flu and COVID-19 share many of the same symptoms – bad cough, high fevers, runny nose – the symptoms COVID-19 brings are more severe. These symptoms include nausea, loss of taste and smell, body chills, body aches, and constant fatigue. COVID-19 has a higher mortality rate and is more contagious than the common flu; this makes seeking immediate attention all the more important.
There’s a common misconception that the flu and cold are the same; while they are similar in certain aspects and show similar symptoms, most people will have a harder time dealing with the flu versus a common cold. The flu occurs in seasonal cycles and is caused by a virus. Symptoms include a high fever, a bad cough, body aches, and fatigue. A cold differs – it is caused by various viruses, the most common being rhinovirus. Common cold symptoms include body aches, cough, fatigue, mild fever, runny nose, and sore throat. Severeness of the symptoms will vary between individuals; some might have it worse than others. Generally, symptoms are manageable, and most people find that they can still go about their day without any issues.
While it may be hard to avoid the illnesses brought on by these viruses, we can take preventive measures to help effectively treat the symptoms. If you or your child is experiencing difficulties breathing, it is strongly advised that you seek immediate medical attention.