The Influenza virus or more commonly called the Flu is as common as your neighbourhood “mamak” stall. It’s everywhere.

Influenza is a viral disease that affects the nose, throat and lungs with common symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and lethargy where the symptoms come on very suddenly; unlike the common cold which develops slowly.

 

Is it the Flu or a Cold?

FluSymptomsCold

Usually present, 

High 38 c -41 c;

Lasts 3 to 4 days

FeverUncommon

Very Common

(Can be severe)

Headache
Common & often severeAches and PainsSlight

Start early, can be severe, 

and can last up to

14 to 21 days

Tiredness and WeaknessMild
Very common at the startExtreme ExhaustionCommon
SometimesStuffy Nose
Sneezing
Sore ThroatMild to moderate
Dry cough is common and intenseCoughMild

Can lead to pneumonia or respiratory failure;

Can worsen a current 

chronic condition such as heart failure, 

asthma or diabetes;

Can be life-threatening

ComplicationsCan lead to sinus
congestion or earache

Preventive Measures

  1. Maintain a high-level of personal hygiene by:
    • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly especially after touching common surfaces such as shared equipment in the office, light switches and etc.
    • Use hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid/reduce touching your face before washing/sanitizing them.
  2. Keep a distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing; especially one who is exhibiting any flu symptoms. 3 feet would be a good place to start.
  3. Encourage those who are coughing or sneezing to cover their nose and mouth with tissues or handkerchiefs and dispose those tissues immediately.
  4. Avoid sharing any personal items such as handkerchiefs, eating utensils and food with anyone suspected of having the flu.
  5. Get. Your. Influenza. Vaccination.

If you suspect yourself to have caught the flu, over-the-counter medicine can take care of it within a couple of days. However, if symptoms persist or if you face complications, please visit your doctor immediately.

While the flu can be common and easily contracted, it is also easy to prevent by practicing good hygiene. Manage your health.

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