Cold vs. Flu: What’s The Difference?

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HARRY’S. So, it’s cold and flu season. That sucks.
But whenever I feel crappy, I can’t tell if I’ve got the cold, or the flu — does it matter?
What’s the difference?! When I get a cough, or a headache or whatever
for a few days, I always assume it will go away, or that I just have a cold… but sometimes…
it’s the FLU! Even though the medicine says its for both the cold and the flu, they’re
entirely different viruses. The common cold is caused by over 200 different viruses! Coronaviruses,
rhinoviruses, metapneumoviruses, enteroviruses and parainfluenza viruses all make the short
list; but they really are all different. This is why we can’t “cure” the common cold. The
flu, on the other hand, is caused by influenza viruses. These respiratory viruses invade
the body and set up shop and cause very similar symptoms, because the human body only has
so many ways to fight. When your body is invaded by a virus, chances
are you’ll get the same symptoms every time, dry or sore throat, coughing and sneezing,
mild fever, congestion and maybe a headache. Pretty standard stuff. If it’s REALLY bad,
you’ll get aches and pains and exhaustion too. This happens because your body is spending
resources fighting off the viral infection. In general, flu is worse than the common cold,
the fever is higher, the aches and level of exhaustion are more pronounced, and the cough
can be more intense. While there’s almost no way to tell the difference between the
two infections… colds tend to produce a fever less than 101 (38C), affects the throat
and cause a runny nose. The flu, affects the lungs and the joints — so you’re likely to
feel more achy than leaky. Telling the difference is one thing, but once
you’re infected you only have a couple days to get treatment. After the first 48 hours,
the infection has usually stopped multiplying and is wreaking havoc on the body instead.
Regardless, once symptoms start for viral infections, there’s no simple cure. Antibiotics
WILL NOT HELP, because they fight BACTERIA not VIRUSES. Taking an antibacterial drug
during a viral infection is pointless. In fact, a lot of the remedies for colds and
the flu aren’t really based on… well science. Many people take vitamin C like it’s going
out of style, but a study from the University of Alberta looked at results and found there’s
really no evidence that it helps. Results suggest it MIGHT help with marathon runners
who have compromised immune systems due to exhaustion, but even then it’s a minor help.
I like to take zinc when I’m starting to feel ill, and science DOES support that. Zinc is
used by human immune cells as a catalyst, so when you boost the amount of zinc your
immune cells can protect the body a bit better, but too much can damage it — so don’t overmedicate. In the end, a cold will persist for 10 days,
while some flu symptoms will persist for three weeks; long after the influenza virus has
been eradicated. If you REALLY want to avoid getting sick, get a flu vaccination. Only
30 percent of surveyed adults get vaccinated year over year. Flu vaccines are made every
year by specialists who use massive datasets to predict which influenza viruses will dominate
this season — see, there’s more than one mutation, and they vie for power and bodies
to infect. The 2014 flu vaccine will protect against Influenza A H1N1 and H3N2, as well
as a couple influenza B viruses. You might recognize H1N1, we’re still seeing that left
over from 2009’s unexpected flu epidemic! Crazy right? So yes, there IS a difference between colds
and flu, but if you catch one of the over 200 viruses that cause these crappy feelings
the best way to handle it is to drink fluids and help keep yourself hydrated and rest.
If you minimize nutritional strain on your immune system by enjoying warm chicken soup
and let your immune system do it’s work, you’ll be fine. Empathy can also help, studies have
shown people who have families or even an empathetic doctor recover faster than those
who don’t so help out a friend if they’re sick, but don’t catch it yourself. If you
insist on medication, decongestants and antihistamines will treat the symptoms of both cold and flu,
but again — don’t take antibacterial meds unless you know it’s a bacterial infection
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100 thoughts on “Cold vs. Flu: What’s The Difference?

  1. Every New Flu Virus Starts In Asia, and Then Spreads To The Rest Of The World, "WHY?"
    —The Answer: Because farmers in China, since recorded history, have always raised their Pigs, Geese, Ducks, and Chickens together!

    2. THE PROBLEM… Pigs can pick up both Avian(bird) and Human Viruses and create a new virus! And re-infect back to the humans, and birds! Like infecting the farmer and his family! Which moves the new yearly flu virus to big Chinese cities, and via Airliners to USA and the World.

    3. And this is exactly what happened in the 14th century Plagues of Europe. Those plagues moved from Chinese farms, via ships, armies, and caravans to Europe, killing 1/3 of the population!

    4. Brian Bossak, an environmental health scientist at Georgia Southern University. Hemorrhagic virus — which causes bleeding and fever, like ebola — swept through 14th-century Europe.
    Plagues like the Bubonic, Black Death and etc plagues?pb

    5. If the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Told China, to forbid their farmers from allowing their Pigs, and Birds from mingling! That would stop many communicable diseases on Earth, in probably less than a year!


    7. And healthy people are only worth happiness and prosperity to their families, their society, and the World!

    Happy Healthy Trails…
    Doc Blake

    References: (note, because of censorship, you may have to use article title as a Search)
    —Asia is the Traditional Cradle of Influenza – Health – Infectious diseases …@t
    Feb 2, 2004 – For much of the past century, Asia has been the cradle of influenza, including … of the new human flu strains the last few decades appeared in China first. … of peasant farmers keeping ducks, chickens and pigs together with the family has long created opportunities for influenza to jump the species barrier.

    —Sars & Other New Diseases: Whale, @t Many rural Chinese farmers raise flocks of geese side-by-side with herds of swine @t

  2. I remember getting the flu last year, you’ll know when you do. You will feel like the world is ending lol it’s horrible.

  3. why don't they make an antivirotic ( a tablet that fights off viruses >:( ) I feel terrible, I hate when earth gets cold. I get sick when im cold but rarely get sick when im hot,wtf?

  4. In the first 2 days of the flu can your temperature not go up as quickly cause I dont know if I have a really bad cold or the flu cause I got my flu the shot but I also did that in 4th grade (3 years ago) and got it then around this time but my mom also recently had pneumonia so Idk

  5. I've had a cold before. Never had the flu. But I'm pretty sure I've got it right now. Even when I had a cold I was still able to make it to classes just fine. I've only had one class for the past two days and couldn't make it to either of them. I went to the dining hall the other day just to get some bottles of water and orange juice and it felt like a trial. I could barely breathe. I can't even get up and tidy up around my room without feeling dizzy and out of breath.

  6. you don't appreciate how good water tastes until your nose is blocked and it just tastes like sickness. that's why I try to drink Gatorade when in sick

  7. I have flu right now. Headache, pains in my joints, congestion, hard cough, fever, exhaustion and dizziness, every time I try to get up I get dizzy, so I'm going to bed. It is very rare for me to catch flu, but lots of people here have it. I will be very happy when I have fully recovered.

  8. I know when I have a cold when I am groggy but can’t sleep during the day or not a lot. When I have the flu I feel even more groggy can’t get out of bed and I just sleep all day

  9. Last year a few times I got a bad fever, and the last one was the worst and I was at a friends house 2 hours away from home, my throat felt so swollen I could barely breath, barely move, couldn't eat and my face was burning and no one thought it was bad until then felt how hot I was, that night I sat up crying all night long trying my best not to cough or swallow – that was horrible… Also I have the flu fight now (aching muscles, temperature, slept for hours during the day which I never do, and hella soore throat but would still rather then the fever

  10. Once you've had proper flu you will never confuse it witha cold ever again. I've had actualy flu (medically confirmed) twice, and it's nothing like a cold. Both times I had a very high fever and I couldn't get out of bed for a week. The first lot I had was really bad and I felt liek I was going to die from it, the fever was so bad I was hallucinating

  11. My uncle’s wife went to visit to the doctor. He went with her. When there the doctor asked him if he’d like to have the flu shot and he thought, Why not, then they both went off about their business. He became unwell within a 12 hours and it got worse till within two days he was paralysed from the neck down. That was a few years ago. At this stage he has some use of his upper body. Of course, these risks are only in the small print which he was only made aware of after the fact; but nobody thinks it’s going to happen them, but this situation is that close to me that, so I’ll never be getting the flu shot. There is a better way. If you don’t want to get the flu, feed it with good food that nourishes the body and builds up your immune system. Junk, or poor quality food fills you up but is more made because the producers want to sell more to make more profit. We need to engage our brains when eating

  12. I'm achey all over but no head ache or sore throat.. but I'm nauseous too but can't make myself vomit 😭 what does this mean?

  13. Taking antibiotics with a virus is pointless? So your saying there NO chance of a secondary bacterial infection in a state of weakened immune system?

  14. I always used vaccination this is my first year without it and my body is going ape shit got the flu two times in a row

  15. Thumbs up for the homies that survived the Swine Flu. I had it when I was 7 and was wrecked for two months.

  16. best way to avoid a cold……..Exercise religiously, and take vitamins/supplements…PERIOD!……Since I quit exercising 2 yrs ago; I seem to get sik every couple months. While I was a weight lifter/body builder for 7 yrs; I had ZERO colds and or sickness!….All this during my 40's btw!

  17. Is it just me when I have a cold/flu I remember the times when I didn't have it. Now I'm just laying here in agony thinking about the times I was cold free😩

  18. You’ll know it’s flu as you won’t even have the mental energy to watch this video or use your phone. Anyone commenting hasn’t got flu just a really bad cold.

  19. im actually sick already I have the stomach flu the last time I had it was 2 days ago I had it then next day it was gone now I have it again

  20. Unless you know exactly which strain you’ll potentially get and when flu shots are a shot in the dark (no pun intended)

  21. the flu your puking amd you feel nauseous and get sore muscles and with a cold
    you only have a sore throat and cough and shit

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  23. I have the flu – can't eat and I've found it really hard to even drink – Dr had good advise to just sip water often if its hard to swallow properly. Wow Ibuprofen makes me feel so much better. Last time I had flu I was in bed for about 3 weeks I hope its not so bad this time! And I had the vaccination but it only provided 40-60% protection apparently. UGH.

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