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Lucas County Health Department releases update on cold & flu, Coronavirus

January 28, 2020

Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

Take preventative actions to stop the spread of germs:
-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough into your sleeve. After using a tissues, throw it away immediately and wash your hands.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol based hand rub.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth Germs on your hands can transfer into your body.
-Stay home or keep your distance when you are ill or not feeling well. CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
-Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

The Health Department continues to work with the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan City, China. CDC considers the U.S. to be low risk at this time. People who have traveled to the affected areas outside the U.S. where 2019-nCoV outbreaks have been identified and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and inform them of your symptoms and travel.

If you have not traveled to China or have not been in contact with a person known or suspected to have the illness, there is no reason to be concerned at this time.
Currently, Miami University in Butler County has two possible cases of 2019-nCoV. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department collaborates closely with The University of Toledo and will provide assistance if the ongoing outbreak affects us locally. For additional information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, please visit:
Toledo-Lucas County Health Department/Ohio Department of Health:…/feature-stori…/2019-Novel-Coronavirus

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