Difference between Cold and Swine Flu Symptoms

Symptom Cold Swine Flu
Fever Fever is rare with a cold. Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.
Coughing A hacking,productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. A non-productive(non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
Aches Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.
Stuffy Nose Stuffy nose is commonly presentwith a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. Stuffy nose is notcommonly present with the flu.
Chills Chills areuncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the flu experiencechills.
Tiredness Tiredness is fairlymild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.
Sneezing Sneezing is commonly presentwith a cold. Sneezing is notcommon with the flu.
Sudden Symptoms Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
Headache A headache is fairlyuncommon with a cold. A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
Sore Throat Sore throat is commonly presentwith a cold. Sore throat is notcommonly present with the flu.
Chest Discomfort Chest discomfort ismild to moderate with a cold. Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

High Risk Groups
· Children below 5 years
· Senior persons above 65 years
· HIV infected persons
· Diabetic patients
· Pregnant Women
· Lung & Heart patients
· Obese persons
Warning signs for children
· Troubled or abnormal breathing
· Bluish skin color
· Lessened intake of water/fluids
· Extended sleep or lack of interaction
· Irritable
· Fever with rash
· Flu-like symptoms recede, but return with fever and worsened cough
Warning signs for adults
· Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath
· Pain/pressure in chest/abdomen
· Sudden dizziness
· Confusion
· Severe or persistent vomiting

* Please visit a qualified physician if you suspect Swine Flu symptoms. Avoid self-treatment

* Persons infected with the H1N1 virus may be able to pass it on 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 days after infection