Symptom

    Cold

    Swine Flu

    Fever

    Fever is rare with a cold.

    Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.

    Coughing

    A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.

    A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).

    Aches

    Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

    Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

    Stuffy Nose

    Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

    Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.

    Chills

    Chills are uncommon with a cold.

    60% of people who have the flu experience chills.

    Tiredness

    Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.

    Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.

    Sneezing

    Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.

    Sneezing is not common with the flu.

    Sudden Symptoms

    Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

    The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.

    Headache

    A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.

    A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

    Sore Throat

    Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.

    Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.

    Chest Discomfort

    Chest discomfort is mild to20moderate with a cold.

    Chest discomfort is often severe

    with the flu

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