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what is the difference between the cold and the flu?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Different viruses: Influenza is caused by a very specific type of virus. It is highly contagious and can be very severe depending on the patient. The common cold is caused by a group of various viruses, and while problematic, it is often not nearly as severe as the flu.
Answered on Aug 1, 2012

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