Is It a Cold? Or Is It the Flu? And What Do You Do?
With so many people affected by the common cold and the flu , it may seem impossible to avoid catching one, or both . But you can greatly reduce your chances. Arm yourself with the following information about the common cold and the flu—and don't be the next victim.
Is It A Cold or the Flu?The symptoms for a cold and the flu are somewhat similar. This easy-to-read chart can help you determine which infection you may have.
|Fever||Rare||Usual, high (100ºF-102°F [37.8ºC-38.8°C]) last 3-4 days|
|General aches, pains||Slight||Usual; often severe|
|Fatigue, weakness||Sometimes||Usual, can last up to 2-3 weeks|
|Extreme exhaustion||Never||Usual; at the beginning of the illness|
|Chest discomfort, cough||Mild to moderate, hacking cough||Common; can become severe|