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It’s cold and flu season. That means at some point, you might get sick. How are you going to lose weight while ill?
You’re not! Don’t worry about it right now. Get healthy! The same applies if you are recovering from an injury or surgery. You need to get healthy before you can worry about losing weight.
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An excellent comparison between cold and flu (influenza) symptoms. From https://www.medicinenet.com/cold_vs_flu/article.htm
|Chart Comparing Cold vs. Flu Symptoms and Signs|
|Fever (and/or chills)||Rare||Mild to high|
|Body/muscle aches and pains||Occasionally, mild||Usually moderate to severe|
|Headache||Unusual||Usually moderate to severe|
|Cough||Mild to moderate||Moderate to severe|
|Fatigue/weakness||Mild to moderate||Usually moderate to severe|
|Runny and/or stuffy nose||Usually||On occasion|
|Abrupt onset of symptoms||Gradual onset||Sometimes within three to six hours|
|Severity of symptoms||Mild||Moderate to severe|
More information, this from the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/coldflu.htm
What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.
How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.
What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.
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