Is It a Cold or the Flu?
| fever||rare||characteristic, high (102°–104° F); lasts 3–4 days|
| general aches, pains||slight||usual; often severe|
| fatigue, weakness||quite mild||can last up to 2–3 weeks|
| extreme exhaustion||never||early and prominent|
| stuffy nose, sore throat||common||sometimes|
|Complications||sinus congestion or earache||bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening|
|Prevention||none||annual vaccination; antiviral medicines—see your doctor|
|Treatment||only temporary relief of symptoms||antiviral medicines—see your doctor|
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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