What Are the Differences Between the Common Cold and the Flu?

What Are the Differences Between the Common Cold and the Flu?

During cold and flu season, staying healthy can be a real challenge. And because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be virtually impossible to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

What are the differences between a cold and the flu?

Let’s start with a similarity: The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, but caused by different viruses. Generally, the flu is worse than the common cold in terms of the intensity of symptoms. Colds typically feel milder than the flu, with symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose. And colds usually do not progress to serious health problems like pneumonia, bacterial infections or hospitalizations.

Flu, on the other hand, can have very serious associated complications. Flu symptoms can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

Colds vs. the flu: A quick reference guide

When cold and flu symptoms arise, you and your family will be better prepared to fight them if you know what you’re facing. Use the reference guide below to help you navigate the rest of the way through cold and flu season:

What Are the Differences Between the Common Cold and the Flu?
Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control

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