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Dr Khalid Naeem – The difference between the common cold and flu

November 30, 2019


Hello, I’m Dr Khalid Naeem. I’m a GP working
in North Kirklees. Today, I’m going to talk to you about common cold and flu. Common cold and flu are viruses. They are
both caused by two different viruses. Common cold is a milder illness that affects your
nose and throat, and it can allow you to do your day-to-day work. Whereas, flu is a more
severe illness where you feel very tired and lethargic, and like to sleep most of the time. Both these illnesses are spread by viruses
through droplets which are caused by sneezing, coughing, talking and laughing, especially
if you don’t protect your nose and mouth. These can also be spread by touching surfaces
which are contaminated by viruses. It could be telephones, mice, keyboards, or it could
be taps or towels. So, make sure that when you touch any of these surfaces, you wash
your hands thoroughly. It can also be spread by touching people who
are suffering with colds and coughs, and if you touch your own face or your eyes and nose
directly with those contaminated hands, then there’s a high chance you will get that illness. Make sure that if you are in contact with
a person who is suffering from cold or flu, that you wash your hands thoroughly before
you touch your own face. You can find more information on this by visiting
our website at www.nhs.uk.

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