Is it a Cold or is it Influenza?

Symptom Influenza Cold
Fever Common, high (39 - 40°C or 102 - 104°F), may last three to four days Rare
Headache Prominent Rare
General aches, pains Usual, often severe Sometimes; slight
Fatigue, weakness Usual, often severe, can last up to two to three weeks Sometimes; quite mild
Extreme exhaustion Early and prominent Unusual
Stuffy nose Common Common
Sneezing Sometimes Usual
Sore throat Common Common
Chest discomfort Common; can become severe Sometimes; mild to moderate
Cough Hacking cough Sometimes
Complications Bronchitis; pneumonia can be life-threatening Sinus congestion or earache
Prevention Annual vaccination, antiviral medicines (see your doctor), frequent hand washing Frequent hand washing


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