Influenza: how to recognize the symptoms?

Influenza: how to recognize the symptoms?
One of the first symptoms of influenza is a fever with chills. © Adobe stock

Health authorities are expecting a flu epidemic this winter. How to recognize flu symptoms? How are they different from Covid or a cold?

Recognize flu symptoms

The first flu symptoms appear 48 hours after infection. They are :

  • a strong one fever,
  • -one severe fatigue (asthenia),
  • lost appetite;
  • of pains muscular, such as body aches,
  • of headache and cough dried.

How do you catch the flu virus?

Influenza is one respiratory virus. It is transmitted by Sneezes or that cough in principle. It can also be transmitted by contact. If you are infected with the flu, you are contagious during 5 days.

What are the differences with the common cold or Covid?

It is easy to distinguish a flu from a cold. The cold is mild: there is no fever or joint pain. On the other hand, the symptoms persist flu is very close to of them of covid. To make a difference, it is necessary to make one self test Covid or one antigen test.

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