The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year in the United States the Flu results in 31.4 million outpatient visits, and 87 billion dollars in total economic costs. Between 3,000 and 49,000 people die each year from the Flu. This compares to the more than 32,000 deaths caused by motor vehicle deaths in 2014. The Flu has a major health effect on the United States each year.
Common colds are the main reason that children miss school and adults miss work. Each year in the United States, there are millions of cases of the common cold. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have even more.
How do you tell the difference between cold and flu symptoms? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Flu is a respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses. The viruses pass through the air and enter your body through your nose or mouth. Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of the flu, some of which can be life-threatening and result in death.
The Common Cold most often causes a runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. You may also have a sore throat, cough, headache, or other symptoms. Most people get colds in the winter and spring, but it is possible to get a cold at any time of the year. Most people recover within about 7-10 days according to the CDC However, people with weakened immune systems, asthma, or respiratory conditions may develop serious illness, such as pneumonia. Here’s a list that compares Common Cold and Influenza Symptoms.
The CDC has developed a video to help you determine what are Flu Symptoms.