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.
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.