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Cold vs. Flu: What’s The Difference?

November 12, 2019

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HARRY’S. So, it’s cold and flu season. That sucks.
But whenever I feel crappy, I can’t tell if I’ve got the cold, or the flu — does it matter?
What’s the difference?! When I get a cough, or a headache or whatever
for a few days, I always assume it will go away, or that I just have a cold… but sometimes…
it’s the FLU! Even though the medicine says its for both the cold and the flu, they’re
entirely different viruses. The common cold is caused by over 200 different viruses! Coronaviruses,
rhinoviruses, metapneumoviruses, enteroviruses and parainfluenza viruses all make the short
list; but they really are all different. This is why we can’t “cure” the common cold. The
flu, on the other hand, is caused by influenza viruses. These respiratory viruses invade
the body and set up shop and cause very similar symptoms, because the human body only has
so many ways to fight. When your body is invaded by a virus, chances
are you’ll get the same symptoms every time, dry or sore throat, coughing and sneezing,
mild fever, congestion and maybe a headache. Pretty standard stuff. If it’s REALLY bad,
you’ll get aches and pains and exhaustion too. This happens because your body is spending
resources fighting off the viral infection. In general, flu is worse than the common cold,
the fever is higher, the aches and level of exhaustion are more pronounced, and the cough
can be more intense. While there’s almost no way to tell the difference between the
two infections… colds tend to produce a fever less than 101 (38C), affects the throat
and cause a runny nose. The flu, affects the lungs and the joints — so you’re likely to
feel more achy than leaky. Telling the difference is one thing, but once
you’re infected you only have a couple days to get treatment. After the first 48 hours,
the infection has usually stopped multiplying and is wreaking havoc on the body instead.
Regardless, once symptoms start for viral infections, there’s no simple cure. Antibiotics
WILL NOT HELP, because they fight BACTERIA not VIRUSES. Taking an antibacterial drug
during a viral infection is pointless. In fact, a lot of the remedies for colds and
the flu aren’t really based on… well science. Many people take vitamin C like it’s going
out of style, but a study from the University of Alberta looked at results and found there’s
really no evidence that it helps. Results suggest it MIGHT help with marathon runners
who have compromised immune systems due to exhaustion, but even then it’s a minor help.
I like to take zinc when I’m starting to feel ill, and science DOES support that. Zinc is
used by human immune cells as a catalyst, so when you boost the amount of zinc your
immune cells can protect the body a bit better, but too much can damage it — so don’t overmedicate. In the end, a cold will persist for 10 days,
while some flu symptoms will persist for three weeks; long after the influenza virus has
been eradicated. If you REALLY want to avoid getting sick, get a flu vaccination. Only
30 percent of surveyed adults get vaccinated year over year. Flu vaccines are made every
year by specialists who use massive datasets to predict which influenza viruses will dominate
this season — see, there’s more than one mutation, and they vie for power and bodies
to infect. The 2014 flu vaccine will protect against Influenza A H1N1 and H3N2, as well
as a couple influenza B viruses. You might recognize H1N1, we’re still seeing that left
over from 2009’s unexpected flu epidemic! Crazy right? So yes, there IS a difference between colds
and flu, but if you catch one of the over 200 viruses that cause these crappy feelings
the best way to handle it is to drink fluids and help keep yourself hydrated and rest.
If you minimize nutritional strain on your immune system by enjoying warm chicken soup
and let your immune system do it’s work, you’ll be fine. Empathy can also help, studies have
shown people who have families or even an empathetic doctor recover faster than those
who don’t so help out a friend if they’re sick, but don’t catch it yourself. If you
insist on medication, decongestants and antihistamines will treat the symptoms of both cold and flu,
but again — don’t take antibacterial meds unless you know it’s a bacterial infection
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  • Reply Sara Olive February 9, 2019 at 5:24 am

    I forgot my keys to my house and I was stuck outside when it’s minus 30 outside for 20 minutes now I’m sick

  • Reply Dakota Fidlow February 11, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    I have the flu and its terrible

  • Reply ay ban February 12, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Drinking hot lemon juice without sugar helps me feel better ?

  • Reply rockandbluesfan 79 February 13, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    I definitely could tell I had the flu, it's was hell felt like I was hit by a truck..

  • Reply Br S February 14, 2019 at 2:18 am

    I have the flu right now

  • Reply Ryan Silver February 15, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Thanks hulk

  • Reply David T. February 15, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Dam i got the bad flu aches exhaustion lungs ? help me God pls.

  • Reply Elyce Moss February 15, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Last year a few times I got a bad fever, and the last one was the worst and I was at a friends house 2 hours away from home, my throat felt so swollen I could barely breath, barely move, couldn't eat and my face was burning and no one thought it was bad until then felt how hot I was, that night I sat up crying all night long trying my best not to cough or swallow – that was horrible… Also I have the flu fight now (aching muscles, temperature, slept for hours during the day which I never do, and hella soore throat but would still rather then the fever

  • Reply Carly Wilson February 15, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    2 days have been bad runny my eyes and aking joints.

  • Reply Jericho Tombstone February 17, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    This guys haircut makes me angry

  • Reply Scientology Scientology February 18, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    I will fight it like how my ancestors did, am not getring a vaccine.

  • Reply кαтe February 19, 2019 at 12:40 am

    I got the flu shot and i today just got told i have the flu sooooo??‍♀️ probably not as bad but i still got it

  • Reply Unerved YT February 20, 2019 at 7:23 am

    I have the cold and I have a soccer game tommorow….Now im not gonna be able to get a hat trick.

  • Reply Ames Sifuentes February 21, 2019 at 1:50 am

    I feel like I got hit by a truck Full force ?

  • Reply Oddgeir February 23, 2019 at 2:24 am

    To HELL with you viruses, parasites and illness of all kinds….

  • Reply Molana Rumi February 26, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    You are so damn stupid to offer flu vaccine.
    People do your own search about vaccines and their vicious side effects.

  • Reply Banana Cream -Roblox February 28, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    I am watching this when I’m sick

  • Reply Banana Cream -Roblox February 28, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Because I have a cold

  • Reply H D March 1, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Get the flu vaccine if you want Alzheimer’s.

  • Reply Richard Gregory March 1, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Once you've had proper flu you will never confuse it witha cold ever again. I've had actualy flu (medically confirmed) twice, and it's nothing like a cold. Both times I had a very high fever and I couldn't get out of bed for a week. The first lot I had was really bad and I felt liek I was going to die from it, the fever was so bad I was hallucinating

  • Reply Kam Singh March 2, 2019 at 10:05 am

    We need more research.

  • Reply trolololmfao March 3, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    So can I get a cold shot?

  • Reply Terence Lamb March 4, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    My uncle’s wife went to visit to the doctor. He went with her. When there the doctor asked him if he’d like to have the flu shot and he thought, Why not, then they both went off about their business. He became unwell within a 12 hours and it got worse till within two days he was paralysed from the neck down. That was a few years ago. At this stage he has some use of his upper body. Of course, these risks are only in the small print which he was only made aware of after the fact; but nobody thinks it’s going to happen them, but this situation is that close to me that, so I’ll never be getting the flu shot. There is a better way. If you don’t want to get the flu, feed it with good food that nourishes the body and builds up your immune system. Junk, or poor quality food fills you up but is more made because the producers want to sell more to make more profit. We need to engage our brains when eating

  • Reply michele willems March 6, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    been sick in bed since last Wednesday. Just awful….

  • Reply Kurt Lee March 7, 2019 at 1:49 am

    No good feeling being sick.

  • Reply Rage LIVE Compilations March 8, 2019 at 2:10 am

    I'm achey all over but no head ache or sore throat.. but I'm nauseous too but can't make myself vomit ? what does this mean?

  • Reply Lazer March 8, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    I had a sore throat for a week and one night it went away i was ssssooooo hhhaaapppyy….. i woke up with a cold

  • Reply MIKEDUZZI March 8, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Taking antibiotics with a virus is pointless? So your saying there NO chance of a secondary bacterial infection in a state of weakened immune system?

  • Reply Ragavendran Sethumadhavan March 9, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Great help, I got a bit sick too and I have some information from this video. ?

  • Reply Black Marble March 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    The first time I took the Flu vaccine I caught the flu. I stay away from flu vaccines

  • Reply Habibo March 9, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    I always used vaccination this is my first year without it and my body is going ape shit got the flu two times in a row

  • Reply Fire and blood March 10, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    10 days I have a school trip in 2 days???

  • Reply Ashley Shepard March 12, 2019 at 4:00 am

    You'll know if you have the flu. Hits like a truck!

  • Reply David Flors March 12, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Don’t tell me to get a flu vaccine it’s too late brother

  • Reply Chicken Dippers March 12, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Thumbs up for the homies that survived the Swine Flu. I had it when I was 7 and was wrecked for two months.

  • Reply Aztec Viper March 14, 2019 at 10:01 am

    I’m going though hell rn

  • Reply talgwatr March 18, 2019 at 12:22 am

    best way to avoid a cold……..Exercise religiously, and take vitamins/supplements…PERIOD!……Since I quit exercising 2 yrs ago; I seem to get sik every couple months. While I was a weight lifter/body builder for 7 yrs; I had ZERO colds and or sickness!….All this during my 40's btw!

  • Reply Matheus Freire March 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    So I probably got a cold, cuz I'm feeling minor symptoms and not feeling any pain.

  • Reply Matheus Freire March 21, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Is it normal if I feel horny when I got a flu? Anyone else can relate?

  • Reply Smug Link March 23, 2019 at 4:52 am

    I get a flu vaccine and still get the flu. My friends call me an anti-vaccer.

  • Reply Quinton N March 24, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Is it just me when I have a cold/flu I remember the times when I didn't have it. Now I'm just laying here in agony thinking about the times I was cold free?

  • Reply Andrew SSGSS March 27, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Ur kidding me 10 days my god it’s only been 3

  • Reply mweb1 March 30, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    I wouldn't know the difference cuz I don't get sick.

  • Reply mweb1 March 30, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Both are viruses.

  • Reply HarlotteMay MSP! March 30, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    I'm asthmetic so i really hope i don't get a cold!!

  • Reply ARK_ CHIKENQUAK April 6, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Ive had a cold for 10 weeks… that normal

  • Reply Shivani Arora April 8, 2019 at 1:08 am

    So true, don't take antibiotics to fight viral infection.

  • Reply trash April 14, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    I’m kinda glad I have the flu instead of a cold because at least I can breathe lmao

  • Reply Roker legend April 16, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Im going to have a shower now and see if it stops my cold

  • Reply Pears 4lyf April 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    You’ll know it’s flu as you won’t even have the mental energy to watch this video or use your phone. Anyone commenting hasn’t got flu just a really bad cold.

  • Reply Amiee Ulugun April 18, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Thumbs up to the ill crew..I'm on day 2 of the flu in agony. Get well everyone x

  • Reply SkIt pantom April 18, 2019 at 3:24 am

    my temp is 105 f, is that bad

  • Reply Sonny6String April 20, 2019 at 2:26 am

    I have never taken the flu shot and I will never take one that's bad advice. My body can handle it.

  • Reply Rogelio Arvizu April 22, 2019 at 9:26 pm


  • Reply lovely sam April 29, 2019 at 12:38 am

    It’s sundayyyyy and I have a fever …. I might not go to school tomorrowwwwwwwwwww yee yee

  • Reply D Fam May 1, 2019 at 3:43 am

    Thanks for this ?

  • Reply Anna Leonie May 5, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    I bet Elsa from frozen never had a cold.

    ”the cold never bothered me anyway”

  • Reply Rj the greatest 3 May 5, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    My mom says that flu shotscause the flu

  • Reply Hitman Bang May 9, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    wait so i have a virus? '-'

  • Reply Paige H May 11, 2019 at 11:06 am

    I have the flu and I have my dance showcase in three days… oof

  • Reply neo asia May 12, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Flu is like thanos…..

  • Reply DeathRocket4990 May 12, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Last time I’ve had the flu was 6 years ago

  • Reply Zunaira Zeeshan May 14, 2019 at 6:15 pm


  • Reply Spooky Bubble Tea !! May 24, 2019 at 11:33 am

    damn i got rid of flu and now i'm getting a cold

  • Reply bokusubjectest May 30, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    im actually sick already I have the stomach flu the last time I had it was 2 days ago I had it then next day it was gone now I have it again

  • Reply Dennis thefreethinker June 5, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    It seems I have always had a cold and I thought it was a flu

  • Reply Shatece Morgan June 11, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Cabinet could I had the flu without

  • Reply Bella Rose June 20, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Unless you know exactly which strain you’ll potentially get and when flu shots are a shot in the dark (no pun intended)

  • Reply mona lisa on crack June 27, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I'm sick with a bad cold at the moment and I had a coughing fit watching this.

  • Reply abhishek dandona July 4, 2019 at 11:16 am

    I have been dry coughing from night, i hate flu

  • Reply prestige wolf July 8, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    the flu your puking amd you feel nauseous and get sore muscles and with a cold
    you only have a sore throat and cough and shit

  • Reply Manish Arora July 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    The common cold is a respiratory infection. My cousin sister easily adapts to this problem any time.
    She had this problem since long and get no relief till she tried the ayurvedic treatment of "Planet Ayurveda". These medicines really helped her in common cold and now she is fit and fine.

  • Reply Cobalt Alloy July 15, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    2019 getting flu??? it sucks!!

  • Reply Douglas Brook July 18, 2019 at 8:17 am

    I have the flu – can't eat and I've found it really hard to even drink – Dr had good advise to just sip water often if its hard to swallow properly. Wow Ibuprofen makes me feel so much better. Last time I had flu I was in bed for about 3 weeks I hope its not so bad this time! And I had the vaccination but it only provided 40-60% protection apparently. UGH.

  • Reply mundo de angie Martinez Roa July 23, 2019 at 1:31 am

    I been sick every month i tooked the flu vaccinated. This my fourth time. Getting sick

  • Reply A July 29, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Do I have a cold? Flu? Bronchitis? Am I dying of pneumonia? Who knows… ??‍♀️?

  • Reply Chimp August 15, 2019 at 12:17 am

    I got the flu in august in florida wtf

  • Reply siya phewa August 16, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Thank you

  • Reply Amritpal singh August 16, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for sharing a valuable information with us. Your information is very good. My uncle was facing common cold from 2 months. he went to many hospitals for treatment. But he found no improvement in his condition. Then someone told him about Planet Ayurveda, he went there and starting treatment. Now he is all right. So, I strongly recommended Planet Ayurveda For those who are facing this problem or any other health issue.

  • Reply Charlotte McElroy August 27, 2019 at 8:16 am

    I have the flu and im dying rn and I have work at 7am ????

  • Reply Jesus Rodriguez September 3, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Flu. Cold. My asthma is killing me
    Its 10xs worst ?

  • Reply i Rostom G9 September 3, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    I have flu always ? because Im allergic

  • Reply N Williams September 6, 2019 at 5:03 am

    right on! stuff i never knew

  • Reply Cranberry Christie September 13, 2019 at 1:10 am

    I have all off this except fever

  • Reply Cranberry Christie September 13, 2019 at 1:10 am

    That’s why my mom keeps on giveing me pills and they don’t work

  • Reply star plays1 September 14, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I get flu shots every year but I have the flu

  • Reply Jasmine September 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    I need a rest because I'm exhausted but I'm a competitive swimmer and swim every day.?

  • Reply Maria Castor September 25, 2019 at 12:35 am

    I was going to get a flu shot this weekend… but I'm too late I'm already sick…. -3-

  • Reply Lukas Hand September 26, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I don’t have a runny nose but I’m getting mucus buildup in the back of my throat every 10 seconds. ? I’m never taking my regular healthy self for granted again!

  • Reply Jelly Bean September 28, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I definitely have a flu right now.. ??

  • Reply Katie Anne October 4, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I feel like I need a mask for the comment section. ? ?

  • Reply Nota Sweat28 October 7, 2019 at 12:08 am

    I have a cold

  • Reply Kenbo October 10, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Had a flu shot when I was a kid got the flu…. haven’t had a shot since haven’t had the flu since and I’ve been around it. The weather change just gave me a sore throat. And congestion. Used some Vick’s I can breathe, and drinking water . I think flu shots are population control to see who dies from it and who don’t. Just my opinion

  • Reply Crevvy - October 14, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    The flu SUCKS

  • Reply Gerry Munoz October 16, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I’m sick AF right now

  • Reply Sony Varghese October 30, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Love you

  • Reply Gaurav Sinsinwar November 1, 2019 at 5:03 am

    I like getting a cold. I like to think its helping clean up my system and preparing me for the winter.

  • Reply Itscool2beU November 2, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I got damn flu

  • Reply 3mer4ld_mooon 14 November 10, 2019 at 11:56 am

    My whole body is my normal temperature and then there's my face. My face is roasting!

  • Reply 3mer4ld_mooon 14 November 10, 2019 at 11:59 am

    I think I have the flu. I'm drinking water all the time because I'm I'm so thirsty even when I have just drank a whole bottle of water!

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