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Colds and the flu share some common symptoms. In general, cold symptoms tend to start slowly and are usually much milder than the flu, which can come on suddenly and be serious.
Let’s take a closer look at the symptoms.
ACHES AND PAINS: BOTH
Sometimes occur with a cold, but are mild. Common and often severe with the flu.
VOMITING OR DIARRHEA: FLU
Never occurs with a cold. Sometimes occurs with the flu and more common in kids than adults.
Sometimes occurs with a cold. Common with the flu and can last up to 3 weeks.
Common with a cold. Sometimes occurs with the flu.
EXTREME EXHAUSTION: FLU
Never occurs with a cold. Common at the start of the illness with the flu.
STUFFY OR RUNNY NOSE: BOTH
Rare with a cold. Common with the flu.
COUGH OR CHEST DISCOMFORT: BOTH
Common with a cold and can be mild to moderate in severity. Common with the flu and can be severe.
SORE THROAT: BOTH
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Sources: American Academy of Family Physicians; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institutes of Health