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Do you have the flu or a cold? Medical professionals explain the difference

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s that time of year where people are not only catching the flu but other nasty viruses and colds.  And sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference to know when maybe you need to go to the doctor.     

The change of season brings more than just cold temperatures. It ushers in sniffs, sneezes, aches and fevers. The question: is it a cold? Or is it the flu? They very much mimic each other.    

The difference is the severity. For both, symptoms are achiness, the chills, coughing, runny noses and fevers. For the flu those symptoms kick into high gear. 

“When you start getting in the high fevers, the more pronounced cough, congestion, aches and body pain, that’s probably flu,” said Mary Kay Foster, the special pathogens program manager at IU Health. 

To truly know you’ve got to take the trip to the doctor.         

“It takes a physician to really diagnose this. it’s really easy. it’s a nasal swab. and they can get the results back in a matter of minutes,” she said.     

With germs flying around doctors say get the flu shot. Beyond that it’s about smart, sanitary habits to avoid the flu, the cold or any other virus. 

“There are basic things you can do,” said Foster. “Cover your cough, coughing into your elbow like that, using the hand sanitizers they’re very easy stuff them in your pocket.” 


Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.