Difference Between Cold and Flu

Is it a Cold or the Flu? How to Tell the Difference

We all know colds are common in the fall and winter, but it’s also the flu season. It can be tough to tell which you’re suffering from. Know the difference between cold and flu so that you can take care and get better faster.

Flu Symptoms

Fever and chills are the biggest telltale signs of flu. However, if you are experiencing any of the following, you likely have the flu:

  • Symptoms came on quickly
  • Fever and chills
  • Dry cough
  • Congested nose
  • Head and muscles ache
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased appetite
  • Symptoms last for a week or longer

Common Cold Symptoms

A cold can feel like the flu, but its symptoms are a little different. Cold symptoms include the following:

  • Symptoms came on slowly
  • Mild or no fever
  • Cough
  • Runny or congested nose
  • Sore throat, but no aches
  • Usually no fatigue
  • Normal appetite
  • Symptoms last about a week

Simply put, the sudden onset of fever, aches, chills and tiredness point to the flu.

Is it the Cold or the Flu

What to Do If You Have the Flu

If you have flu symptoms, Community makes it easy to get care. Call your doctor, visit a Community Clinic at Walgreens, find your nearest MedCheck or schedule a virtual appointment. A caregiver can prescribe you an antiviral medication to lessen the effects and duration of the flu.

Explore our convenient Connect to Care options to get exceptional care when you need it.