Survival Health–Is it Flu or a Cold?

Do you know how to tell when you’ve got the flu? That may seem like a strange question, but it isn’t. Most of us live in the fast lane and don’t pay attention to our bodies and what they’re telling us. We don’t know how to “read” the signs.

Knowing the difference between the flu and a cold will affect how you treat the symptoms and whether or not you go to a doctor.

I’ll summarize the differences between flu and colds and put a couple of links to articles from WebMD below, so you can look into this a bit more.

– Occurs in up to 80% of flu cases Body temp of 100 F or more may last 3-4 days.
– Rarely with a cold

– Nonproductive, dry cough often part of flu
– Hacking, mucous producing cough common to colds

– Severe aches common with flu
– Slight aches common with a cold

Stuffy nose
– Not common with the flu
– Common with a cold May go away after a week

– 60% of people have chills with flu
– Not common to colds

– Moderate to severe with flu
– Usually mild with a cold

– Not common with flu
– Typical for colds

Sudden symptoms
– Flu symptoms hit within 3-6 hours.
– Colds develop over a few days

– Occurs in 80% of flu cases
– Not common to colds

Sore throat
– Not common to flu
– Common to colds

Chest discomfort
– Often severe with flu
– Mild to moderate with colds

To view info from WebMD, click here and here.

Be well, and think survival!


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.