Stomach flu vs flu – the terms are commonly used interchangeably, but did you know they are actually very different illnesses?
The stomach flu is essentially a catch-all term for Viral Gastroenteritis – a fancy way of saying a stomach virus. There are a number of viruses that cause viral gastroenteritis, but the most common two are Noravirus and Rotavirus.
The flu is a shortened term for Influenza, which is what we think of as the “seasonal flu.” This is a separate family of viruses known as Influenza A, B & C. Within the influenza family there are all sorts of strains that each vary just a bit based on how and where the strain was formed.
While both the stomach flu and the flu are viruses, they have some very different symptoms, lifespans, and treatment protocols.
Let’s find out a little more about the stomach flu vs flu:
Incubation: 1-3 days from exposure to first symptoms.
Duration: Symptoms last 1-3 days; can linger up to 2 weeks
Contagious Period: From 2 days before first symptoms until up to 2 weeks after symptoms appeared
How it Spreads: Fecal/Oral Route (yes, that means that somehow poo gets in your mouth… THIS IS WHY WE WASH OUR HANDS, PEOPLE.)
Surface Life: These viruses can live on hard surfaces – countertops, doorknobs, toilets, the floor, toys, pencils, computer keyboards, your phone, that remote control your sick kid is using – for up to 3 WEEKS.
How to Kill It: BLEACH. ALL THE BLEACH.
Incubation: 1-4 days from exposure to first symptoms.
Duration: Symptoms last 1-2 weeks
Contagious Period: From 1 day before first symptoms until up to 7 days after symptoms appeared
How it Spreads:
Surface Life: Influenza can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours.
How to Kill It:
Here’s a handy graphic that’s circulating the internet – I think it does a great job of breaking it down stomach flu vs flu:
You might notice one common theme in the treatments for stomach flu vs flu – fluids! Fluids are always the go-to treatment for any virus. Why?
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