How To Tell If It’s The Flu Or A Cold (and why it matters)

It makes a difference in treatment … 

It’s important to know the difference between cold and flu because they are not treated the same.

(Dan DeRoos, WOIO) October is the start of cold and flu season, but how can you tell if you have one or the other?

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There’s a simple way that the Cleveland Clinic calls “F.A.C.T.S.” –

  • Fever
  • Aches
  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Sudden onset

What’s that spell? All symptoms pointing to the flu.

The Clinic explains, “Symptoms of influenza often hit suddenly and cause you to become weaker and weaker.

“The dry cough and fatigue can last two to three weeks. Signs that influenza is getting worse include fever, shaking chills, and shortness of breath.

“If you think that your illness is getting worse, contact your health care provider promptly.”

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