SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — Several people in the News 8 newsroom have called in sick lately, which is pretty common this time of year.
Flu and cold season runs from October through April and while they're both tough to deal with, there are some major differences between the two.
"In this time of year, it's important to know the difference between the cold and the flu,” said Kaiser Permanente Doctor Kenneth Antons.
He says typically, he sees more cold cases.
Here are lists of the symptoms tied to cold or flu:
Symptoms of a cold:
Symptoms of the flu:
Dr. Antons notes there's another major difference: colds are gradual, the flu is not.
"[It’s] very common for patients to say exactly two days ago I started feeling sick, whereas with the cold typically it's a very slow progression of symptoms over time,” he said.
The best remedies are liquids and rest.
Instead of making a trip to the doctor, Dr. Antons also suggests getting over the counter medicine and, if needed, calling your doctor so he or she can offer you help over the phone.
"Even influenza we’re able to manage over the phone,” he said.
And, if you have yet to do so: get a flu shot.
Last year, 80,000 Americans, including 185 kids, died from the flu.
This season, in San Diego County there have been 11 deaths so far.
That's fewer than last year but the concern is still there, which is why you should do everything you can to avoid getting sick.
"The way a virus is spread is through hand contact so washing your hands frequently can reduce the transmission,” said Dr. Antons.
San Diegans are going online to raise money to help make ends meet amid a partial government shutdown prolonged by a impasse over President Trump's demand for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Scattered shower are expected throughout San Diego County Wednesday as one storm makes way for a more powerful system expected to sweep into the region, potentially bringing moderate to heavy rainfall through Friday morning.
Crews reopened the left lane of the northbound Interstate 805 off-ramp to Kearny Villa Road Wednesday morning as they continue to work on repairing a giant sinkhole.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer outlined ambitious plans to cut through bureaucracy and combat a dearth of affordable and available housing during his fifth State of the City address Tuesday night.
The criminal complaint charging a Wisconsin man with abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents laid out the case in detail and offered a possible road map for how prosecutors will seek a conviction in the girl's 88-day ordeal.
The risk of dying from an opioid overdose is now greater than dying in a car crash. It’s a crisis that continues to worsen across the country and in California.
Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage.
A Colombian drug trafficker testified Tuesday that Mexican cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman boasted about paying a $100 million bribe to the former president of Mexico to call off a manhunt for the notorious kingpin.
One In-N-Out Burger location is serving up a solution to long drive-thru lines. The chain announced plans to help battle congestion and add safety precaution at its Kearny Mesa location.