The common cold is often confused with the “real” flu, caused by the influenza virus.

The common cold is a very unpleasant condition, but as a rule, it is not dangerous to your health. The flu, on the other hand, is associated with more severe symptoms and can be dangerous for a person said to be vulnerable, such as children or the elderly. For a healthy adult, the risks of degradation are greatly reduced.

In the case of a cold, here are the symptoms that can be felt:

Very mild fever (occasionally)
-Nasal congestion and/or discharge
-Headaches (often caused by congestion)
-Slight fatigue

So, theoretically, if you have a cold, you can go about your daily activities.

In the case of a “real” flu, here are the symptoms that can be felt:

-Sudden fever, between 39°C and 40°C
-Sore throat
-Muscle or joint pain
-Extreme fatigue
-Headaches sometimes intense
-Abdominal pain.

So, theoretically, if you have the flu, you can NOT go about your daily activities.

Generally, the flu can be treated at home, but in some cases, a doctor must be consulted.

If you have flu symptoms you should see a doctor as soon as possible if:

You have pain that increases or persists with breathing.


-If your fever increases or persists for more than 5 days


-If after 7 days your symptoms persist or worsen.

However, if any of the following symptoms are present, urgent consultation is recommended:

Difficulty breathing
-Blue lips
-Severe chest pain
-Severe headaches that persist or increase
-Drowsiness, difficulty staying awake
-Confusion, disorientation
-Absence of urine for 12 hours.

Of course, these are only general recommendations. Trust your instincts about the age and health condition of the person who is ill.

I’m using this post to ask you: are you and your family vaccinated against the flu?

Source : gouv.Québec

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