Symptom

    Cold

    Swine Flu

    Fever

    Fever is rare with a cold.

    Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.

    Coughing

    A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.

    A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).

    Aches

    Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

    Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

    Stuffy Nose

    Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

    Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.

    Chills

    Chills are uncommon with a cold.

    60% of people who have the flu experience chills.

    Tiredness

    Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.

    Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.

    Sneezing

    Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.

    Sneezing is not common with the flu.

    Sudden Symptoms

    Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

    The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.

    Headache

    A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.

    A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

    Sore Throat

    Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.

    Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.

    Chest Discomfort

    Chest discomfort is mild to20moderate with a cold.

    Chest discomfort is often severe

    with the flu

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible not coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a=2 0problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at using a Neti pot, but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton swabs dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

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