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Published on December 01, 2020

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

woman blowing her nose

You feel lousy. Your head is stuffed up. Your nose is running.

Everyone at work is talking about the flu...but you're not sure what you have. This chart might help:

Symptoms It Could be Flu It's a Cold
Chest Hurts Common Mild/Moderate
Cough Dry, can be severe Hacking, mild
Exhaustion Extreme, early onset Never
Fever Common, lasts 3-4 days Rare
Headache Yes Rare
Onset Sudden Gradual, usually starts with sniffles
Muscle Aches and Pains Usual, often severe Slight
Sneezing Sometimes Usually
Sore Throat Sometimes Usually
Stuffy Nose Sometimes Usually
Tired, Weak Can last two weeks Mild

If your symptoms get worse:

Remember, colds are just as contagious as the flu. Protect your family by covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands often.

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