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Is it a cold or the flu?

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Signs and symptoms Influenza Cold
Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual
Fever Usually; lasts 3-4 days Rare
Aches Usually; often severe Slight
Chills Fairly common Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common
Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Headache Common Rare

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