H1N1 influenza will exacerbate the respiratory system which consists of the lungs. Individuals may begin coughing and wheezing while having a fever and feeling fatigued and achy to the body. Many individuals may think they have bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia or some bacterial infection. Many individuals may stay at home waiting for the illness to pass. If you are having the above symptoms and think it may be the H1N1 virus, try to get into the clinic to be tested within 48 hours. If the influenza virus is treated with an antiviral within 48 hours the virus is stopped by chemically cutting ties with its host cell (YOU). If you have been diagnosed with influenza A and it has been greater than 48 hours an antiviral will help somewhat but you will still go through the complete process of the illness.
Remember to Rest, Drink Plenty of Fluids, Only take Motrin or Tylenol for a fever of >101.5. Follow up to your Primary care Provider to be evaluated if it is not getting better. The H1N1 Virus can cause a secondary infection such as bronchitis and/or pneumonia, so be vigilant about the symptoms.
Wishing you health and happiness.