Cold or Flu?

Signs & Symptoms
Flu
Cold
Symptom Onset
Abrupt
Gradual
Fever
Usually high, lasts 3-4 days
Rare
Aches
Usually often and severe
Slight
Chills
Common
Uncommon
Fatigue
Usual
Sometimes
Sneezing
Sometimes
Common
Stuffy Nose
Sometimes
Common
Sore Throat
Sometimes
Common
Chest Discomfort
Common, severe
Mild to moderate hacking
Headache
Common
Rare
Contagious
A day before feeling sick & 7 days after
2-4 days after symptoms & for as long as 2 weeks
Remedies
Rest, drink liquids, Antiviral medication
Rest, drink liquids, OTC medication

If you have signs & symptoms
  • Stay home.
  • Avoid close contact with coworkers.
  • Cover your mouth & nose with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
  • Wash your hands!
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Disinfect your workstation.
  • Eat properly & don't share food, drinks, or utensils.
  • Get your rest.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions.

Prevention

Wash Your Hands

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, & apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, & under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air-dry them.

Get a yearly flu shot!

Preventative actions like covering your cough & washing your hands help stop the spread of germs!

Sneezing and Coughing Facts:


Sneezing and coughing are your body’s natural defender against foreign invaders and it protects your lungs and organs from contamination.
  • Sneezes can expel from your body at 100 mph and travel up to 200 feet and sending 100,000 germs into the air!
  • Coughs force out thousands of tiny droplets of saliva. About 3,000 droplets are expelled in a single cough, and some of them fly out of the mouth at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

Pamphlet on Cold & Flu