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Cold or Flu?
Symptom Indicator

 Symptoms

Cold

 Flu

Chest discomfort and cough Mild to moderate; hacking cough Common and can become severe
Extreme exhaustion Never Early and prominent
Fatigue and weakness Quite mild Can last up to 2-3 weeks
Fever Rare Characteristic, high (102-104°F), lasts 3-4 days
General aches and pains Slight Usual and often severe
Headache Rare Prominent
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore throat Common Sometimes
Stuffy nose  Common Sometimes
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

What to Do

Option Type

 Cold

Flu

Complications Sinus congestion or earache Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening 
Prevention None Annual vaccination and antiviral medicines; see your doctor
Treatment Only temporary relief of symptoms Antiviral medicines; see your doctor
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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