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Last Call: Is it food poisoning or stomach flu?

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Why does your stomach feel weird?

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Your stomach feels queasy—you’re definitely sick. But what is the cause—a virus, or those clams you got from that new restaurant last night?

On one hand, you’re sick, does it really matter? On the other, you might want to know whether you’re contagious, whether you should call the restaurant, how long you might be missing work, etc. To help you parse it all out, Insider has a helpful checklist today called “11 signs you actually have food poisoning and not a stomach bug.” Basically, if your sickness happens within a few hours after eating, only lasts for a day, is accompanied by a headache, and you feel super-dehydrated, it’s probably the food. But there are some other specific (and specifically gross) factors you may want to check out on the Insider’s list in case of future stomach illnesses. [Gwen Ihnat]



Did anyone else have a long Thursday? Here is a subreddit dedicated to purritos, which are cats wrapped in blankets. Take care of each other, folks. [Kate Bernot]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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Thanks for posting this Gwen.  I could not believe how many people in the comments of the recent Salty Waitress about food poisoning thought that it took a day or two before you would feel the effects.