Cold or flu calculator

The flu is a respiratory (i.e., nose, throat and lung) infection that can be caused by a variety of influenza viruses. Many people use the word "flu" when they actually have a cold. Although the common cold is also caused by viruses, the flu and common cold differ in several ways.

It's important to recognize the difference, not just because they require different treatment but because a flu can be a much greater health concern. Can you tell the difference? Test your knowledge!
 
    is it more likely to be
  IF YOU HAVE... Cold? Flu? Either?
  fever (over 102ºF)
  headache  
  severe
  mild-to-moderate
  general aches and pains  
  severe
  mild-to-moderate
  extreme exhaustion
  stuffy nose
  sore throat
  sneezing
  cough  
  severe
  mild-to-moderate
  rapid onset
(less than a day from fine to miserable)
  gradual onset
(coming on for a day or two or more)
 
 
 

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