AUSSIE flu is causing chaos across Britain – with an ever-growing number struck down by the brutal flu strain.
Scientifically known as H3N2, Aussie flu came to Britain from Australia, where it is thought to have caused their worst winter death rate in years.
Aussie flu is near epidemic levels in York, after sweeping the country
And the rising numbers of people suffering with it mean some areas in England are nearing epidemic levels.
The symptoms between the potentially deadly flu though, and just a common cold can be hard to distinguish.
Cold symptoms include a cough, raised temperature, runny nose and a sore throat, but luckily for sufferers, these symptoms should ease fairly quickly.
The flu is much more prolonged and severe, with vomiting or diarrhoea, lethargy and muscle ache.
Getty – Contributor The symptoms are similar to any other strain of flu and can include a headache, coughing and sneezing and a fever Getty – Contributor Try the £20 note test to check whether you have Aussie flu or a cold
Aussie flu makes the symptoms of normal flu even more severe, and can lead to pneumonia and other serious conditions.
Sufferers might feel unwell for longer.
Dr. Ranj told the Mirror that if you’re unsure whether you have the flu or just a cold, he has a test to help you figure it out.
He said: “A silly test to differentiate between cold and flu would be to leave a £20 note on the floor. The person with a cold will pick up the money, but the person with the flu won’t even care that it’s there!”
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Experts have warned that kids returning to school after the Christmas holidays are likely to accelerate the Aussie flu spread, with children the ideal carriers for illnesses.
Kids naturally have more germs, and pick up and pass infections to their family.
The flu virus germs last for 24 hours on a hard surface – but if you use disinfectant, you can kill them and prevent the spread infecting more people in your family with the flu.
In the last week, the NHS has been swamped with people suffering from yet another kind of flu – Japanese flu, which kids are at the greatest risk of contracting.
Getty – Contributor Japanese flu is a type of influenza B which means it can only be spread from human to human Getty – Contributor Japanese flu is less severe than Aussie flu but just as contagious