Differentiate – common cold and deadly H1N1 flu


swine-flu-vs-coldToday is a Halloween evening. On Halloween people wear scary dresses and decorate their home, work places and stores with scary stuffs. There is a long list of scary stuffs such as skeleton, spiders, ghost and so on. In my view the scariest problem lingering around us during this Halloween is deadly Swine flu epidemic. Swine flu has scared people all over the world. Clinics and hospitals are overburdened with the increased cases of swine flu every day.  I remember when I caught general cold few weeks ago; I got worried if I have swine flu. I immediately took appointment with doctor and got all checkups done in order to make sure that I don’t have swine flu.  Fortunately I had general cold. Swine-flu-vs-general-cold

Cold and swine flu both have few similar symptoms that can confuse to anybody and it is necessary for us to know about the difference between both conditions and their symptoms. Below table outlines substantial difference between a cold and H1N1 flu or swine flu symptoms.



H1N1 Flu


Fever is rare with a cold. 

Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu. 


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. 

A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough). 


Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. 

Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu. 

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. 

Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu. 


Chills are uncommon with a cold. 

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Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. 

Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu. 


Sneezing is commonly present with a cold. 

Sneezing is not common with theH1N1 flu. 

Sudden Symptoms

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. 

The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains. 


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. 

A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases. 

Sore Throat

Sore throat is commonly present with a cold. 

Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu. 

Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. 

Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu. 


Health awareness is the key to stay healthy and refrain from diseases. Hope this information helps you to educate and distinguish between cold and swine flu conditions that look similar.  Beside this you can get information whether you have symptoms of swine flu through Microsoft swine flu assessment tool or over phone by dialing 866-259-4655, a nurse hotline program initiated by Minnesota to combat swine flu.  For more guidance please consult with your doctor.


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