Difference Between Cold and Flu

If you wake up with a few sneezes, coughing, and have the achy, fevering feeling – how do you determine whether you have cold symptoms or the flu?

Differentiating the symptoms of cold and flu is important. In 2017, there were 1,255 deaths due to influenza, and tens and thousands of people were hospitalised. Luckily, the recent record shows that Australia has been Flu-Zero, and it has been more than a year since the last flu death in the country.

Colds and the flu are seasonal infections, and determining the difference between these two can be difficult. They share similar symptoms which can easily be mistaken for one another. Knowing to spot whether it is a cold or the flu is critical so the right treatment can be applied.

Take a look at several signs to help you determine the difference between a cold and the flu.

Flu symptoms are severe and last longer than cold

Influenza symptoms are tested to be more severe and typically last longer than those of a cold. The common symptoms of flu may include fever, having fever chills, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, muscle and body aches, headaches, and fatigue, or extreme tiredness. Flu in children may cause them to experience diarrhea and vomiting.

The symptoms of cold, on the other hand, are similar to the flu but milder.

Different Causes

There are more than 200 viruses that can cause the common cold. These include rhinoviruses and some coronavirus (not the one responsible for novel coronavirus or COVID-19) that can enter