Cold and flu: the key differences

Cold and flu: the key differences

When you’re feeling under the weather with congestion, headaches and muscle pain, it’s difficult to know what exactly you’re suffering from. The symptoms of cold and flu can be similar. But, there are some key differences between the two illnesses.

How do colds differ from flu?

Cold Flu
How quickly do symptoms develop? Quite slowly Quickly
How long does it last? 4-7 days 7-10 days
Which of the following symptoms are you likely to have?
Fever Unusual and slight Common and high
Cough More common Less common
Nasal symptoms Prominent Slight
Muscle aches Minor Prominent
Sore throat Frequent Unusual
Headache Unusual Common and severe
Sick feeling Slight Severe
Fatigue Slight Prominent