I can’t believe I was sick yesterday. It seems like I hardly get sick, but around Edmonton these days there are some pretty sick people around. My office is filled with them.
I talked with my colleague Daryn, and he’s been sick with bronchitis for 4 weeks now. He says he’s felt this bad only once like this, but for longer, and he thinks at the time he had contracted H1N1. This time he doesn’t know what it is, but he’s only really at 85%. The vast majority of the remainder of my colleges seem to be sick too. It’s going around the office.
I was reading about colds and flu on WebMD. They basically say that a fever is the main, large difference. A cold often doesn’t come with a fever. The Swine Flu (H1N1 strain) is accompanied with vomiting and diarrhea, where as a flu more often doesn’t.
WebMD says that flu and cold virus enter your body through your mouth, nose or eyes. How often do we touch those in the day? To give you an idea in the last 15 mins I’ve touched my watery eye about 35 times. How often do you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands? Think about it…that’s how the virus is transferred.
You should know the difference between the common cold and flu. They are very similar, but the flu will way more often come with a fever, and the complications of flu that can be life threatening. Also, know the difference between mild vs moderate vs severe aches and pains, so that you can better know what you have, and more importantly if you should goto the doctor.
Wash your hands often, cough into a tissue or your elbow, don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands. (Oh yeah, and use hand cream to deal with washing so many times in dry ol’Edmonton)