Cold and Flu Season Arrives !
Tips for staying
healthy during the winter, includes information on SARS and an explanation of
the difference between colds and
Should Know and Do
colds have you had in your lifetime? Even if you’ve had a lot, chances are
that there are more to come. With more than 200 known viruses responsible for
the common cold, there’s really no telling just how soon you’ll come
in contact with one. While colds can occur at any time of the year, they are far
more likely to occur during the fall and winter. Worse yet, the winter months
also represent the height of the flu
Anyone who has
suffered through the flu or a bad cold doesn’t want to experience another
one anytime soon. While there’s no foolproof way to avoid infection, there
are steps you can take to minimize your potential of getting sick this
your hands often, especially after touching questionable surfaces or coming into
contact with a person that is sick.
good fluids to keep yourself hydrated.
diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
is more susceptible to attack than a well-rested one.
exposure to others who may be sick. Take a few minutes to wipe down common
surface areas such as handrails, doorknobs and sink handles to help slow and
prevent the transmission of
Getting sick this
season is not a foregone conclusion, so be sure to do what you can to prevent
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 10 to 20 percent
of Americans come down with the flu during each flu season. And, according to
their records, about 36,000 people die from the flu and its complications every
the News Recent years have
brought to light many worries over illness on the international level. In
February 2003 SARS—severe acute respiratory syndrome—made headlines
worldwide for its flu-like symptoms that hid a more serious ailment. Over 8,000
cases of SARS were documented, resulting in more than 700
Although SARS and other
ailments may have captured the headlines lately, seasonal flu is actually a more
immediate concern. Most people recover from the flu relatively easily after
suffering only mild discomfort. Sometimes, however, the effects of the flu are
far more serious. Each year, seasonal flu results in hospital stays for over
100,000 people. While it’s good to be aware of health issues around the
globe, don’t forget about the health concerns in your
vs. Flu. What’s the
The flu and the
common cold are both respiratory illnesses brought about by viral infections.
Although the viruses that cause them are different, the two illnesses have
similar symptoms. So similar, in fact, that it can be difficult to distinguish
between the two by symptoms
Colds are the most
common cause of illness in adults and children. Symptoms of a cold will rarely
last more than a few days. The flu is much more than a bad cold and can last
more than a week. Generally, a cold will not produce further complications. The
flu, however, may lead to other serious diseases, and in rare cases, even
and joint pains
produces a lot of phlegm.