Updated on January 11, 2021


There’s a common misconception that the flu is the same as a cold. Both are respiratory illnesses sharing the same symptoms but they are actually caused by different viruses. So if you feel you’re coming down with something while you’re on a trip, don’t panic. It may be just an ordinary cold which can be easily treated.

It’s important to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms so that the illness can be treated accordingly.

Click to view CDC video on What should you do if you get the flu

People at risk

  • Adults over the age of 65 years
  • Children younger than 5 years
  • People with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart conditions or asthma
  • Pregnant women


  • Stay hydrated with fluids
  • Bed rest
  • Anti-viral medications such as Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or Baloxavir (Xofluza) may reduce the severity of flu symptoms
  • Avoid contact with your family members by practising social distancing while you are recovering. (most people recover within 7-8 days).  See your doctor if you experience worsening symptoms such as difficulty breathing, headache or dizziness

See your doctor to get treatment if you are at risk

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