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?
High 38 c -41 c;
Lasts 3 to 4 days
(Can be severe)
|Common & often severe||Aches and Pains||Slight|
Start early, can be severe,
and can last up to
14 to 21 days
|Tiredness and Weakness||Mild|
|Very common at the start||Extreme Exhaustion||Common|
|Sore Throat||Mild to moderate|
|Dry cough is common and intense||Cough||Mild|
Can lead to pneumonia or respiratory failure;
Can worsen a current
chronic condition such as heart failure,
asthma or diabetes;
Can be life-threatening
|Complications||Can lead to sinus|
congestion or earache
- 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.
- 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.
- Encourage those who are coughing or sneezing to cover their nose and mouth with tissues or handkerchiefs and dispose those tissues immediately.
- Avoid sharing any personal items such as handkerchiefs, eating utensils and food with anyone suspected of having the flu.
- 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.