Healthy Tip Tuesday – Cold Vs. Flu

(Dennison, Ohio) – In this week’s Healthy Tip Tuesday Tuesday, Trinity Hosptial Twin City is breaking down the similarities and differences of the cold and the flu.

What’s the Difference Between Cold & Flu?

According to the CDC, flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Because they have similar symptoms, it is hard to tell the difference between them based on that alone. Officials explain, however, that in general, the flu is worse than the common cold and the symptoms are more intense. Colds are mild and generally do not result in serious health problems while the flu can have very serious associated complications.

The CDC notes that because the illnesses share so many symptoms it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

The CDC has created the following chart to simplify the difference and how you can make the right treatment choices:

Is it a cold or flu?

Healthy Tip Tuesday is an exclusive partnership between Newsymom.com and Trinity Hospital Twin City Designed to keep you up-to-date with the latest and most relevant information you need to keep your family healthy. 

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