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 H1N1 flu compared to a common cold

H1N1 flu is about to be upon us and we need to be on top of information regarding it.

Here is a comparison to the normal cold symptoms.

Know the Difference between Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms





H1N1 Flu




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.




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).




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 present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.


Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.




Chills are uncommon with a cold.


60% of people who have the flu experience chills.




Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.


Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.




Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.


Sneezing is not common 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.




A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.


A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.


Sore Throat


Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.


Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.


Chest Discomfort


Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.


Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.


The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.

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