The cold and flu are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different types of viruses.Flu symptoms usually come on quickly (within three to six hours) and consist of a fever, body aches, dry cough and extreme tiredness. Cold symptoms are less severe and typically produce a stuffy nose, productive cough, slight tiredness and limited body aches.
Cold or Flu?
Quick Reference Guide
Use the quick reference below to determine if what you have is just a cold — or if it’s the flu. Remember that if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is better to act fast and speak to your doctor within 12 to 48 hours.
|Aches||Slight||Usual, often severe|
|Tiredness||Mild||Moderate to severe|
|Sudden symptoms||Symptoms appear gradually||Symptoms can appear within 3-6 hours|
|Coughing||Hacking, productive cough||Dry, unproductive cough|
|Chest discomfort||Mild to moderate||Often severe|
This is not a substitute for a professional diagnosis. Call the health center to discuss your symptoms and a plan of care.
Adapted from Flufacts.com by Roche Laboratories Inc.
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