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Cold or flu? Watch our video to learn the difference

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Here are the cold (and flu) hard facts: the season for catching common bugs has arrived! Whether we like it or not, there is a good chance that you or someone you know will be affected by this cold and flu season. The good news is that with the right resources, knowledge and your trusted MDLIVE doctors on call, you can prepare and protect yourself.

If you are already experiencing symptoms such as aches and pains; stuffy or a runny nose, fever, and chills you may have already contracted a cold or flu. If this is the case, it’s important to figure out what exactly you have so that it can be appropriately treated. Here’s a quick video to help explain the difference between a cold and the flu. Remember you can’t plan when you’ll get sick, but you can take your online doctor with you and get the care you need anywhere in the United States including your own home.

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The best defense for evading getting sick, or getting healthy quicker if you are sick is to practice these tips.

1. Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you’re sick.

If possible, always try and stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3. Cover your mouth and nose while you are coughing or sneezing.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue, use the crook of your elbow instead of your hands. Fact: A sneeze can travel up to sixty miles an hour.

4. Clean your hands often.

Washing your hands often – and not just after you have coughed or sneezed. This will help protect you from germs. Door knobs, handrails, shopping cart handles and more are surfaces that flu germs can be found on during the season. If soap and water aren’t available, use an antibacterial hand rub.

5. Get your Flu Vaccine Annually.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something contaminated and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth. Prepare and protect yourself by getting a vaccination. If you do catch the flu bug, an online doctor visit is a simple, fast and convenient way to get help. Fact: The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md, observed that people touch their faces an average of 3.5 times per hour, and touch common objects an average of 3.3 times per hour. This means that people likely get germs on their hands more frequently than they wash germs off their hands!

6. Practice other good health habits.

Practice makes perfect! Frequently clean and disinfect touched surfaces at home, school and work, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, stay physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat good food.

So now that you have the facts, we hope that you stay healthy and have an uneventful cold and flu season!

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Ivette Fajardo