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The Difference Between a Cold and a Flu

Most people often mistake flu from cold. Both are actually respiratory illnesses. However, they are caused by different viruses. The reason why most people mistake flu from common cold is because of its similar symptoms. It can be difficult to differentiate these two if we only based from their symptoms alone. Flu is lot worse than common cold, its symptoms are more intense and severe and cold is usually milder than flu. Colds generally do not result in serious health complications unlike flu.

Here are some things that you should keep in mind:

Signs and Symptoms

  • Symptom onset
  • Fever
  • Aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Headache

  • Abrupt
  • Usual
  • Fairly Common
  • Sometimes
  • Common

  • Gradual
  • Rare
  • Slight
  • Uncommon
  • Sometimes
  • Common
  • Mild to Moderate
  • Rare
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