the difference between cold and flu symptoms
Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
|body aches or pains||slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold||severe aches and pains are common with the flu|
|chills||chills are not common with a cold||chills may happen with a flu|
|dry cough (with no mucus)||dry cough rarely happens with a cold||dry cough is common with the flu|
|fever||fever is not common with a cold||fever is very common with the flu|
|headache||headache may happen with a cold||headache is very common with the flu|
|productive cough (with mucus)||productive cough is very common with a cold||productive cough rarely happens with the flu|
|sneezing/runny nose||sneezing/runny nose are common with a cold||sneezing/runny nose may occasionally happen with the flu|
|sore throat||sore throat is very common with a cold||sore throat may happen with the flu|
|stuffy nose||stuffy nose is common with a cold||stuffy nose may occasionally happen with the flu|
|tiredness||tiredness is fairly mild with a cold||tiredness is intense and very common with the flu|
Stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may happen with the flu, but they are more common among children than adults.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.
The flu is not a stomach or intestinal disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the following people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:
-- pregnant women
-- adults 65 years of age and older
-- people who have chronic medical conditions
-- children younger than 5 years, but especially children younger than 2 years old