March 12, 2020
Throughout the fall, winter, and spring, viruses pick up. Homes are closed up for the winter. Heaters are running. People are also more likely to spend time inside and avoid being outside in the fresh air.
Your mom is sick. You can’t tell if it’s cold, the flu, or something else. How do you tell them apart?
Symptoms of the Common Cold
The common cold may focus on the chest or the head. A chest cold is going to lead to congestion and a cough that brings up mucus. A sore throat may be present. A head cold will lead to post-nasal drip, clogged sinuses, and watery eyes.
Colds start slowly and build. Sneezing, cough, and sore throat are common symptoms. People with a cold may feel some muscle pain, but it’s not as common.
Symptoms of the Flu
Like the cold, the flu is very common. It’s estimated that more than three million Americans get the flu each year. While some of the symptoms can seem similar to the common cold, the flu usually includes a headache, fever, and muscle pain that appear suddenly. A severe cough and fatigue are also very common.
When your mom is sick, make sure she’s well supported at home. If she feels like she needs to get up and do the housework, wash her sheets and clothes, or cook meals, she can lengthen her recovery. Hire home care to help her out.
Instead of feeling that she needs to get things done, caregivers take over so that she can rest and let her body heal. Call a home care agency to make arrangements.