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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COLD, SEASONAL FLU & H1 N1 SYMPTOMS

SYMPTOM

COLD                             

SEASONAL FLU

H1N1

FEVER

Fever is rare.

Fever is common.

Fever is usually present in up to 80%
of cases
with a temperature of 101 °F

COUGHING

A hacking. Productive 
(mucus-producing) Cough is often present. 

A non-productive (dry and hacking/ non-mucus producing) cough is often present.

A non-productive (dry and hacking/ non-mucus producing) cough is usually present.

ACHES

Slight body aches and pains can be present.

Moderate body aches are common.

Severe aches and pains are common.
STUFFY NOSE

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold.
NOSE Typically resolve spontaneously within a
week.

A runny nose is commonly present.

Stuffy nose is not commonly present.

CHILLS

Chills are not common.

Chills are mild to moderate.

60% of people experience chills.

TIREDNESS

Tiredness tends to be fairly mild.

Tiredness is moderate and more likely
referred to as a
lack of energy.

Tiredness is moderate to severe.

SNEEZING

Sneezing is commonly present.

Sneezing is commonly present.

Sneezing is not common.

SYMPTOM ONSET

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

Symptoms tend to develop over a few days. Include flushed face, loss of appetite, dizziness usually last 4-7 days, depending on the individual. Diarrhea is also common.

H1N1 has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. H1N1 hits hard and fast. Includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains. Symptoms usually last 4-7 days, depending on the individual. Diarrhea is also common.

HEADACHE

A headache is not common.

A headache is fairly common.

A headache is very common and present in 80% of cases.

SORE THROAT

Sore throat is commonly present.

Sore throat is commonly present.

Sore throat is not commonly present.

CHEST DISCOMFORT Chest discomfort is mild to moderate. Chest discomfort is moderate. If it turns severe, seek immediate medical attention! Chest discomfort is often severe.
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