Last month over 600 people were tested positive for swine flu in Delhi, this included several pregnant women. Whether it’s Dengue or swine flu, to-be-moms and parents of children need to undertake special precautions to protect themselves from these deadly diseases. However, with the erratic weather conditions, the incidents of seasonal flu have risen. School-going children are mainly falling ill with fever, cold, and cough. And since the symptoms for swine and seasonal flu are similar, there is trouble determining if they have a cold or the flu. Hence knowing the difference between seasonal and swine flu is essential.
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Diarrhea and vomiting are the other symptoms in the case of swine flu. Also, pregnant women and those aged between 5 to 25 are thought to be at higher risk of swine flu complications. On the other hand, seasonal flu issues usually affect the elderly and kids under 5.
Difference between seasonal and Swine Flu:
1. In the case of regular (bacterial) flu, the symptoms last for just a few days and then subside. When it comes to swine flu, the signs tend to last longer. The virus also tends to settle in the respiratory system, which may lead to serious breathing problems.
2. Seasonal flu commonly affects the elderly and those with weak immune systems. Swine flu, on the contrary, tends to go after school-going children, young adults, and those below the age of 25
What does one need to do:
- Thoroughly sanitize and disinfect classrooms and school premises. The recommended disinfectants are R2 (hygienic hard surface cleaner) and Dettol (Click on them to purchase online)
- Make sure to ventilate the classroom adequately.
- Encourage children to maintain hygiene and wash their hands after each activity with soap and water
- Provide adequate nutrients for the child’s better immunity
We hope that the post could help you in understanding the difference between seasonal and swine flu. With the Covid scare on the rise, don’t ignore other symptoms or diseases. We hope you all remain in good health!