Family & Relationships This amazing 'flu algorithm' can tell you if you have the flu or just a cold

14:52  10 february  2018
14:52  10 february  2018 Source:   MSN

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But how are we supposed to truly know if we have the flu and not just some common cold ? Well, apart from going to the doctor and getting an official diagnosis, there's a pretty handy " flu algorithm " floating around Twitter that offers some 'expert' advice.

Well, apart from going to the doctor and getting an official diagnosis, there’s a pretty handy “ flu algorithm ” floating around Twitter that offers some ‘expert’ advice. Still, telling the difference between a cold and a flu is difficult (and sometimes just plain impossible) based on symptoms alone.

  This amazing 'flu algorithm' can tell you if you have the flu or just a cold © Provided by Independent Print Limited We are in the grips of one of the worst flu seasons in years.

In the US alone, flu-related hospitalisations rose to about 60 people of every 100,000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report.

In Britain, Public Health England said there were 205 confirmed cases of influenza being cared for in intensive care units and high dependency units.

So it’s no surprise people have taken to Twitter to talk about symptoms, asking how to tell if you have the flu or just a common cold.

One user shared this hilarious flu “algorithm” diagram to help people work it out.

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Twitter has sparked some informative and funny conversation about how to tell whether you ’ve got the flu or whether you need a hot tea and a lie-down. Seattle DJ John Richards started by tweeting a doodle of a flu -predicting algorithm drawn by a “literal Doctor who is funny.”

But how are we supposed to truly know if we have the flu and not just some common cold ? Well, apart from going to the doctor and getting an official diagnosis, there's a pretty handy " flu algorithm " floating around Twitter that offers some 'expert' advice.

Other people like Dr Keith Grimes said his favourite “diagnostic tool” is asking whether the sickly person would “get off the couch to get £100 from the mantelpiece. If they would, it isn’t flu."

How to tell if you might have the flu

Flu symptoms can come on very quickly, the NHS writes on its website. Symptoms can include:

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Or is it just a common cold ? Experts explain the red flags to look out for. The common cold and the flu both share symptoms of a sore throat Sneezing, coughing and congestion can be either illness, but having a fever and body aches come on fast and strong are tell -tale signs that you have the flu .

How to tell if it’s just the sniffles or if you have symptoms of H1N1 flu . Symptom Stuffy nose cold , flu Sneezing cold , flu Sore throat cold , flu Cough cold , flu Headache cold , flu Fever flu Extreme fatigue flu Muscle aches flu Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea flu .

Fever - temperature of 38C or above

Body aches

Feeling tired or exhausted

Dry, chesty cough

Sore throat

Headache

Difficulty sleeping

Loss of appetite

When it comes to treating the flu, the NHS recommends resting, sleeping and keeping warm. And if you’re worried about you or your babies symptoms, you can call 111 for help.

HT IFL Science

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