Healthcare officials are estimating this to be the worst flu season to date around the world. In Britain, over 205 cases of the flu are currently being treated as high priority and emergencies. Sometimes it's hard to tell if we're feeling run down, have a really nasty cold, or if the flu is sneaking up on us. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a guide to self-diagnosing the flu? One Twitter user shared a pro tip from a doctor, and people love it.
As basic as it is, Twitter users were loving the chart and praising its accuracy:
Take it from someone who was in healthcare and also a “Dr. Mom”, this sounds about right but he should have added on the leg that results in “You have the flu” “Don’t go to work” followed by “Go to bed and drink lots of fluids”— Reyanna Rice (@ReyannaRice) January 29, 2018
My mum used to tell a story of a doctor who said to the full waiting room - stand up if you've come here because you think you have the flu - right, you lot can go home!— Rachel Nicholls (@revlow) January 29, 2018
Day 7 slammed by a 🚌 feeling.... probably would have been be hit by 🚂 one except I had the flu jab. The worse bit is the headache with what ever I caught in the Petri dish called paeds ward.— Deborah Griffin (@feedeatandgrow) January 30, 2018
Yup--I was always able to diagnose true influenza from the doorway of the exam room...— alpower12 (@alpower12) January 29, 2018
The doctor's algorithm prompted others to share their diagnostic processes for identifying the flu:
Mine is simpler: imagine there’s a £20 note on the floor. If you pick it up, it’s a cold. If you don’t even care, it’s flu...— Rebecca Payne (@Oohgpwales) January 30, 2018
Actually, if you have the flu you eagerly embrace the floor. By eager, I mean surrendering to gravity for a week.— Constance Menefee (@ConnieMenefee) January 31, 2018
My favourite diagnostic tool is asking whether they would get off the couch to get £100 from the mantelpiece. If they would, it isn't flu— Dr Keith Grimes (@keithgrimes) January 30, 2018
Ha! I’d get out of my death bed for a £100, but not for £20. Depending on how near I was to death, of course. 😉— PDelarios (@PDelarios) February 2, 2018
I had the flu in December, felt like I’d been hit by a train and that death would have been a sweet release, but I still had to stumble to the loo from time to time. I would have lurched past the mantle to grab the note on the way to or from the loo. Priorities.— PDelarios (@PDelarios) February 1, 2018
Having heard so many people claim they had a day off because they had 'flu, I give them the £50 note test. If a £50 note was pinned on to your front door, would you have been able to claim it? 'Yes' = not 'flu. 'No' = 'flu.— Lindsay Bamfield (@LindsayBamfield) January 30, 2018
If you follow the chart and you have the flu, stay in bed and take care of yourself!
Please add a "should I go into work" component to this flow chart because that's another aspect i find oddly missing from most people's knowledge collection— Non Hand Banner (@DiaryOfABrendan) January 31, 2018
I had the flu once in my 34 yrs. The first week i was in a fog from my fever being so high , I accidentally left my son at school . It was horrible 😔— nicole kohn (@nicolekohn1) January 30, 2018
We're glad someone else thought this, too:
Get your flu shot, wash your hands nonstop, and stay home if you're sick!