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What are signs and symptoms of the flu versus the common cold?

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Dr. Asaf Presente
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Overlap but severity

Most people have frequent "cold" which are usually caused by rhinovirus, adenoviruses and others small viruses - the body usually confines these to the upper respiratory tract and usually fights them off in 2-5 days.
Over 5-10 days the flu can spread down into the lungs, causes high fevers, muscle pain, joint pain and more rarely lead to severe pneumonia requiring ventilator support and death.

In brief: Overlap but severity

Most people have frequent "cold" which are usually caused by rhinovirus, adenoviruses and others small viruses - the body usually confines these to the upper respiratory tract and usually fights them off in 2-5 days.
Over 5-10 days the flu can spread down into the lungs, causes high fevers, muscle pain, joint pain and more rarely lead to severe pneumonia requiring ventilator support and death.
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