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what's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Both are viruses: Flu and cold both are caused by viruses.Flu is caused by influenza virus and common cold is caused by one of the rhino viruses and not bacteria.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can you tell the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

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Dr. Charles Davant
Family Medicine 49 years experience
Bacteria don't cause: Both colds and flu are caused by viruses. Flu hits like a ton of bricks--you're fine and an hour later you have a chill, then a fever and ache all over. Colds come on slower, rarely cause much of a fever or bad muscle pains. Go get a flu shot next month and you won't get a chance to find out first hand.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Should i go to my exam later today for flu virus or cold bacteria?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not advisable.: If you have headache, muscle aches and pains or fever you may do poorly on your exam. Additionally you spread your infection to other people.

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