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the difference between cold and flu symptoms

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


SymptomsColdFlu
body aches or painsslight body aches and pains can be part of a coldsevere aches and pains are common with the flu
chillschills are not common with a coldchills may happen with a flu
dry cough (with no mucus)dry cough rarely happens with a colddry cough is common with the flu
feverfever is not common with a coldfever is very common with the flu
headacheheadache may happen with a coldheadache is very common with the flu
productive cough (with mucus)productive cough is very common with a coldproductive cough rarely happens with the flu
sneezing/runny nosesneezing/runny nose are common with a coldsneezing/runny nose may occasionally happen with the flu
sore throatsore throat is very common with a coldsore throat may happen with the flu
stuffy nosestuffy nose is common with a coldstuffy nose may occasionally happen with the flu
tirednesstiredness is fairly mild with a coldtiredness 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





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