Is it a cold or the flu? That’s a question many of us ask during the long, winter season. The good news is that there are a number of ways to tell the difference between the two afflictions.
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The even better news is that the cold—which is shorter in duration and less intense than the flu—is far more common than influenza. Let’s take a look at some of the critical differences setting these two conditions apart as we settle into another cold season.
Early Cold and Flu Signs
The common cold typically begins with a runny or stuffy nose. this can transition into a sore throat making swallowing painful. The onset of symptoms of a cold are gradual, happening over the course of a few days or a week.
The flu proceeds in a different way. The symptoms hit you like a bus, hard and fast. You’ll have many of the same symptoms as the cold, but also have a fever, chills, fatigue, body aches, and headache says the CDC.