Cold/Flu: Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
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Cold/Flu: Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
 How you can help stop the spread of germs and protect yourself and others:
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner (hand sanitizing stations are located around campus).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, immediately disposing of the tissue in trash after use.
  • Maintain good health and adequate nutrition, sleep, exercise, hydration and stress control.
  • Stay home or in your residence hall room if you are suffering from any of these symptoms: Fever accompanied by sore throat, body aches, cough, headache, chills, fatigue and occasional nausea or vomiting.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound a cure.”
 
What is the difference between my symptoms, cold or flu?

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

Fever

Rare

102-104 degrees F, lasts 3-4 Days


Headache

Rare

Prominent


Body Aches

Rare

Common; often severe


Fatigue, Weakness

Mild

Symptom can last up to 3 weeks


Extreme Exhaustion

Never

Early and prominent


Stuffy Nose

Usual

Common


Sneezing

Usual

Mild


Sore Throat

Common

Mild


Chest Discomfort, Cough

Mild to Moderate

Common, can become severe


Complications

Earache, Sinus

Bronchitis, pneumonia, immunity weakness


Prevention

None

Vaccination


Treatment

Over the counter medication, rest

Armantadine 24-48 hours after onset of symptoms, rest


 
Facts about the flu
  • It is a respiratory illness; the "stomach flu” is caused by certain other bacteria, viruses or parasites.
  • Most flu-like symptoms in adults include fever, headache, exhaustion, coughing, sore throat, congestion, and muscle aches.
  • The flu can present itself as a cold at first, but symptoms must be monitored.
  • One to four days after exposure a person will feel the onset of symptoms.

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