Cold Or The Flu?

How do you tell?
Cold or the flu?
How you may be able to tell the difference.

A common cold can be caused by more than 200 viruses, but the seasonal flu is caused by either influenza A or B viruses. Although the symptoms can be similar for both, it’s important to know the difference. A cold, which can make you feel bad for a few days, is a milder respiratory illness than the flu, which can make you feel sick for days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and may lead to hospitalization. If you or your child’s symptoms don’t clear up after a couple of days or get worse, see your doctor.

Cold ? rare
Flu ? characteristic, high; lasts three to four days

Cold ? rare
Flu ? prominent

General aches, pains:
Cold ? slight
Flu ? usual; often severe

Fatigue, weakness:
Cold ? quite mild
Flu ? can last up to two to three weeks

Extreme exhaustion:
Cold ? never
Flu ? early and prominent

Stuffy nose:
Cold ? common
Flu ? sometimes

Cold ? usual
Flu ? sometimes

Sore throat:
Cold ? common
Flu ? sometimes

Chest discomfort, cough:
Cold ? mild to moderate; hacking cough
Flu ? common; can become severe

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