Do I Have a Cold or the Flu?
Although symptoms of the common cold and of the flu (influenza) overlap, there are important differences between the two.
The common cold is usually a mild illness with symptoms that include:
- Nasal congestion with runny nose and sneezing
- Sore or scratchy throat
- Mild fatigue and fever, or no fever at all.
- Fever, often above 102 degrees Fahrenheit
- Shaking chills
- Marked fatigue
- Muscle aches
- Headache, often severe
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