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Let's look at the difference between a cold and the flu

With the arrival of the colder season, it's important to be aware of the differences between the common cold and the flu (influenza). While these two illnesses share some similarities, understanding their distinctions can help us make informed decisions about prevention, treatment, and overall health management.


So let's jump straight into the differences between the cold and the flu.


1. Causative Agents:

The common cold is caused by various viruses, most commonly the Rhinovirus, while the flu is caused by Influenza viruses.


2. Symptom Onset:

Colds generally have a gradual onset with symptoms appearing over a few days. Symptoms of the flu on the other hand often appear suddenly and more intensely.


3. Severity of Symptoms:

Colds typically result in milder symptoms, such as a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and a mild cough. The flu on the other hand, can cause more severe symptoms, including high fever (usually above 38°C), body aches, fatigue, headache, chills and a more severe cough.


4. Duration:

Colds tend to resolve within a week or two with symptoms gradually improving over time. The flu however, can last longer and may take a week or more for a complete recovery. Fatigue and weakness may persist for several weeks after the acute symptoms subside.


5. Complications:

While both a cold and the flu can lead to complications, the flu is generally associated with a higher risk of complications especially in certain populations, such as young children, older adults, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems. Serious complications of the flu can include Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Sinus infections and the worsening of an existing medical condition.


6. Vaccination:

Vaccination is available for the flu and is recommended annually. Vaccines are designed to protect against the most prevalent strains of Influenza viruses each season. Unfortunately no vaccines are available for the common cold due to the vast number of viruses that can cause it.


7. Prevention and Treatment:

- Proper hand hygiene is important. Always wash your hands with soap & water frequently for at least 20

seconds

- Avoid close contact with infected individuals

- Always cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing

- Always disinfect and clean surfaces regularly

- Make use of the SprinkleSpray weekly disinfecting program to ensure that all areas are

covered. Our disinfectant has been tested against many viruses including Influenza, many

types of bacteria, fungi and mould


It's worth noting that the information provided is a general overview and individual experiences may vary. If you experience severe symptoms or have concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate guidance.


Being part of the SprinkleSpray disinfecting program it will help to ensure that a healthier environment is created at your home and facility and will provide peace of mind by offering full room coverage. If you are not yet part of our program, reach out to us, we are happy to assist.

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