Cough, congestion, aches, chills. Cold and flu season is upon us. But which do you have? And why does it matter?
“Both the common cold and influenza (the flu) are respiratory illnesses, but they’re caused by different viruses. In general, flu symptoms are more severe than the common cold and can lead to complications such as pneumonia or bacterial infections,” says Richard Menet, MD, a physician with Affinity Occupational Health.
Get the FACTS
While many cold symptoms can mimic the flu, there are five FACTS that generally point to influenza:
You work hard all year round to encourage healthy habits in your employees. Why blow it in the name of holiday cheer? Office Christmas parties can be a part of your wellness efforts, not their undoing. Here’s how:
Serve a rainbow
Hors d’oeuvre displays can be a feast for the eyes – not the hips – by choosing colorful, nutrient-packed edibles such as raw fruits and vegetables, black bean salsa with blue corn chips, boiled shrimp with cocktail sauce or salmon fillets with whole-grain crackers. Think simple, natural recipes: if it’s drowning in fat or fillers, don’t serve it. Continue Reading »