Initially, it’s difficult to know if you are coming down with a simple cold and a life threatening episode of the flu. Colds and flu have similar symptoms. But it's important to know the difference because getting medication for the flu early can decrease your chances of ending up in the hospital.
There are 4 types of influenza virus. Only three types infect humans. It is influenza A and influenza B that cause serious illnesses. The common cold is usually due to adenovirus. Because the flue and cold have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.Both are respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses. Here’s the difference.
Colds are usually milder. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds develop over a few days and make you feel tired or just miserable in general.
The flu starts abruptly and progresses quickly to fever, muscle aches, chills, headache and chest pain. Pneumonia is a serious complication of the flu and can be fatal.
You’ll find more information about the flu on the Center for Disease Control website. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/complications.htmp
Whether you have a cold or the flu, getting extra sleep will help your body fight off the infection.