Did you know that you could get sick two different times, having the same symptoms, and yet the cause was completely different? There’s a big difference between illnesses that are usually lumped together with the label of either ” a cold,” or “the flu.” There are two different causes of illness that can produce the same symptoms.
Bacterial infections and viral (cause from a virus) infections actually affect the body differently and are also treated differently. It’s important to know the difference so you don’t accidentally make yourself feel even worse! The article linked below is a fantastic explanation that busts myths and helps the average person better understand what’s really going on in your body, written by Joe Alton, MD.
It can be possible to start out with one type of infection and then get the other one, due to a weakened immune system. Understanding the difference and knowing how to take steps to prevent it from getting worse will be absolutely vital in a survival situation. Unclean conditions, bad water, and weakened bodies make for the ideal place for illness to strike!