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I was wondering if anyone can tell me what the difference is between a cold and the swine flu? I went to the doctor the other day as I have been sick and he just gave me antibiotics. It makes me wonder, he didnt ask me is i had been travelling or do any tests. I am concerened about the swine flu!


world said...

The swine flu leaves you with a extremely dry and sore throat which soon can lead to you having trouble breathing. Mainly, flu is very rare that a person can die. Swine flu can kill you in the matter of 15 days. They both involve, fever, cough, sneezing sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu.
Common cold symptoms usually start between one and three days after you are infected by a cold virus. Typically, they last for about three to seven days. At that point, the worst is over, but you may feel congested for a week or more. During the first three days that you have common cold symptoms, you are contagious. This means you can pass the cold virus to those you come in contact with.

Jess said...

Firstly a cold and a flu are different things. A flu is more severe than a cold. Genetically speaking Swine Flu is not that much different than the normal seasonal flu's. Influenza A which is one of the most common flu's is also known as H1N1, Swine Flu is also H1N1, only difference is that Swine Flu is new and it is made up of different strains (human, pig and possibly bird).
So far the only deaths have occured from people in Mexico and people that had health problems to begin with. Usually with influenza's it's the secondary infections that kill you.
Even though there isn't much to worry about, your doctor should still be asking those questions you mentioned above, if it helps you go see another doctor and get a second opinion.

oohhboth said...

Flu always includes a fever, and colds rarely do. Flu includes fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and may include sore throat, runny or congested nose, and rarely vomiting and diarrhea.
The swine flu at the present time - for most but not all people - is fairly mild and a bit more likely to have vomiting & diarrhea than usual flu.

filomena said...

People with swine flu are likely contagious for one day before and up to seven days after they began to get sick with swine flu symptoms.
Droplets from a cough or sneeze can also contaminate surfaces, such as a doorknob, drinking glass, or kitchen counter, although these germs likely don't survive for more than a few hours.
I got my order of tamiflu delivered today through

Akhil C said...

there arent any becuase swine feels like seasonal cold so i is kind of hard to determine the difference between the two. well u should be careful becasuse it "could" be something abnormal, y didnt u ask the doctor for a swine flu screening test

huscafat said...

Cold can be cured by chickensoup, swine flu ?
I dunno.

Craig C said...

swine flu is a mix of human, bird and avian flu and has the ability to change and swap genetic material making it more deadly because if it does this it will be impossible to make a vaccine in time. With winter fast approaching in the southern hemisphere it is VITAL that we watch what happens and if it becomes more severe this will activate governments around the world to put their absolute emergency pandemic plans into place and to brace themselves for excess deaths, for the 1st time in our history we might be seeing a pandemic influenza Evolve in front of our very eyes (quote from WHO director, margret chan). You need to make preparation in case this happens which is highly likely and get ready for things such as:
Public events being cancelled
Widespread school closures
Travel bans
Good luck and God bless to everyone

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