Flu vs Cold: Symptoms

Seasonal flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus.

Seasonal flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus.

The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains.

You may also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. You may need to stay in bed until your symptoms get better. Symptoms can last for up to one week.

Flu vs Cold symptoms

SYMPTOMS

SEASONAL FLU

COLD

Fever

High fever lasts 3-4 days

Rare

Headache

Prominent

Rare

General aches, pains

Usual; often severe

Slight

Fatigue, weakness

Can last up to 2-3 weeks

Quite mild

Extreme exhaustion

Early and prominent

Never

Stuffy nose

Sometimes

Common

Sneezing

Sometimes

Usual

Sore throat

Sometimes

Common

Chest discomfort, cough

Common; can become severe

Mild to moderate;   hacking cough

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