What is the Difference Between Cold and Flu?

Difference Between Cold and Flu

What is the Difference Between Cold and Flu?

Influenza, commonly called the flu, can be a serious illness that is sometimes fatal. Infection with the influenza virus may lead to a stay in hospital for any age group but particularly if you are elderly or have an ongoing medical condition.  Influenza can make an existing medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, a lot worse.

Even if you do not end up in hospital, influenza can keep you in bed for a week or more, preventing you from doing work, sport, or just about anything that requires leaving the house.

It is important to also consider who you may infect, whether it be an elderly relative, a young child or a family member with a chronic medical condition like asthma or diabetes.  As a healthy adult, you may recover well after a week or so, however, more vulnerable groups in your family may need hospitalisation.

Influenza is different from a cold.

A cold virus only affects the nose, throat and the upper chest and lasts for a few days, whereas influenza can be a serious illness that affects the whole body and can last up to a week or more.

If it hits you like a bolt of lightning with a fever and you’re flat out, then its likely to be the flu. Chills, fatigue, muscle aches, and tightness of the chest are also characteristics of the flu. You might have a cough, or a runny nose, but you’re more likely to suffer from these upper respiratory symptoms with a cold.

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