(Note: This article was originally written by Mark Joseph on Guacamoley.com)
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.
Flu info from a literal Doctor...who is funny. https://t.co/j3zP0eW3rp— John Richards (@John Richards)1517239115.0
As basic as it is, Twitter users were loving the chart and praising its accuracy:
@loserboy Take it from someone who was in healthcare and also a “Dr. Mom”, this sounds about right but he should ha… https://t.co/fKbHPFPExj— Reyanna Rice (@Reyanna Rice)1517262287.0
@Tatorsdad @loserboy From my clinical experience with the flu, yes— Katie Wilson (@Katie Wilson)1517322454.0
@loserboy @AllergyKidsDoc Day 7 slammed by a 🚌 feeling.... probably would have been be hit by 🚂 one except I had t… https://t.co/Prvnfd6wpt— Deborah Griffin (@Deborah Griffin)1517331024.0
@loserboy @HealthcareWen Yup--I was always able to diagnose true influenza from the doorway of the exam room...— alpower12 (@alpower12)1517263130.0
@loserboy Hilarious but so factual😂😂😂— Cynthia S. Brown (@Cynthia S. Brown)1517279885.0
The doctor's algorithm prompted others to share their diagnostic processes for identifying the flu:
@loserboy 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 (@Rebecca Payne)1517349665.0
@Oohgpwales @loserboy Actually, if you have the flu you eagerly embrace the floor. By eager, I mean surrendering to gravity for a week.— Constance Lee Menefee (@Constance Lee Menefee)1517360630.0
@loserboy My favourite diagnostic tool is asking whether they would get off the couch to get £100 from the mantelpi… https://t.co/kQn1wzW3sl— Dr Keith Grimes (@Dr Keith Grimes)1517351758.0
@nudder44 @keithgrimes @loserboy Ha! I’d get out of my death bed for a £100, but not for £20. Depending on how nea… https://t.co/YzOkBGZng5— PDelarios #FBR (@PDelarios #FBR)1517536443.0
@keithgrimes @loserboy I had the flu in December, felt like I’d been hit by a train and that death would have been… https://t.co/cfIRNlpSR3— PDelarios #FBR (@PDelarios #FBR)1517456909.0
@PDelarios @loserboy Totally not the flu ;-)— Dr Keith Grimes (@Dr Keith Grimes)1517470102.0
@alpower12 @loserboy @HealthcareWen Was this your algorithm? https://t.co/rO51OCAyBq— May (@May)1517283429.0
@loserboy Having heard so many people claim they had a day off because they had 'flu, I give them the £50 note test… https://t.co/Hxyt3syzEg— Lindsay Bamfield (@Lindsay Bamfield)1517349927.0
If you follow the chart and you have the flu, stay in bed and take care of yourself!
@loserboy @caseomall Please add a "should I go into work" component to this flow chart because that's another aspec… https://t.co/At1K245OCM— Non Hand Banner (@Non Hand Banner)1517424777.0
@revlow @loserboy @janeeecharman I had the flu once in my 34 yrs. The first week i was in a fog from my fever being… https://t.co/grNqrpz53P— nicole kohn (@nicole kohn)1517333276.0
We're glad someone else thought this, too:
@loserboy Really missed out on calling it a Flu Chart.— Spencer Sharpe (@Spencer Sharpe)1517261804.0
Get your flu shot, wash your hands nonstop, and stay home if you're sick!