What are the differences between the flu and the common cold?

 

Flu Symptoms Include:

  • Sudden Onset of Symptoms
  • High Fever – Temperature over 38ºC/100.4ºF
  • Prominent Headache
  • Aches and pains – often severe
  • Fatigue, weakness can be prolonged for a number of weeks
  • Extreme exhaustion -early and prominent
  • Runny nose, sneezing, sore throat – common
  • Cough -common, can be severe
  • Vomiting/diarrhoea – sometimes
Common Cold Symptoms Include:

  • Slow Onset of Symptoms
  • Fever – rare
  • Headache – rare
  • General aches and pains – rare
  • Fatigue, weakness – quite mild
  • Extreme exhaustion- never
  • Runny nose – common
  • Sneezing – usual
  • Sore throat – common
  • Cough – mild to moderate hacking cough
  • Vomiting/diarrhoea- not associated with the common cold in adults

 

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