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What is the Difference between A Cold and The Flu
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sneezing, a runny nose, and a sore throat are common symptoms of both colds and flu.

What causes colds?

A cold virus enters your body through your mouth, eyes or nose. The virus can spread through droplets in the air when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes or talks.

It also spreads by hand-to-hand contact with someone who has a cold or by sharing contaminated objects, such as utensils, towels, toys or telephones.

What causes flus?

 
The flu is only caused by influenza virus types A, B and C.
 
Although many types of viruses can cause a common cold, rhinoviruses are the most common culprit.We catch the cold when our body’s immune system fails to protect us.

Type A and B viruses cause the large seasonal outbreaks. Type C usually causes milder respiratory symptoms. While the flu vaccine

 can help protect you from types A and B, there is no immunization

 for type C virus.

Type A flu viruses are also found in many different animals, including ducks, chickens, pigs, whales, horses, and seals. Type B viruses only affect people.

How can the two be distinguished?

How can they be prevented?

 
Eating healthily, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep play an important part in boosting your immune system. Washing your hands also helps to stop the spread of germs. You can build up your antibodies to protect yourself from the flu by getting vaccinated. While you may still get the flu after vaccination, it will likely be less severe than if you had not been vaccinated.
 
In general, symptoms of the flu include a sudden onset of high-grade fever, body aches, fatigue, and loss of appetite.  Conversely, colds typically heal on their own and do not result in serious health problems.

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