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Cold vs Flu Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Cold or Flu

Symptoms:
Cold
Flu
Fever
Rare
Usual; high (100°F to 102°F, occasi­onally higher, especially in young children); lasts 3 to 4 days
Headache
Rare
Common
General Aches, Pains
Slight
Usual; often severe
Fatigue, Weakness
Sometimes
Usual; can last up to 2 to 3 weeks
Extreme Exhaustion
Never
Usual; at the beginning of the illness
Stuffy Nose
Common
Sometimes
Sneezing
Usual
Sometimes
Sore Throat
Common
Sometimes
Chest Discom­fort, Cough
Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Common; can become severe
Treatm­ents:
Antihi­sta­mines
Antiviral medicines — see your healthcare provider
 
Decong­estants
 
Nonste­roidal anti-i­nfl­amm­atory medicines
Preven­tion:
Wash your hands often with soap and water
Annual vaccin­ation
 
Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold
Antiviral medicines — see your healthcare provider
Compli­cat­ions:
Sinus infection
Bronch­itis, pneumonia
 
Middle ear infection
Can worsen chronic conditions
 
Asthma
Can be life-t­hre­ate­ning. Compli­cations more likely in the elderly, those with chronic condit­ions, young children, and pregnant women.
 

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Cold & Flu Prevention Steps

Important steps to protecting you and your family from the spread of cold or flu germs.
1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
3. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve if you don’t have a tissue.
4. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
5. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Hand sanitizers are also effective.
6. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
7. Avoid contact with sick people.
8. If you get sick, stay home from work or school except to seek medical care and limit contact with others.