How To Tell If You Have A Cold Or A Flu?

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The flu season is usually between November to March. The cold season usually happens in Spring and Fall when kids are just returning to school.

While a lot of the symptoms are the same between a cold and the flu, there are some differences.

Colds usually take a few days to build up while lasting 3-5 days. The flu usually strikes you right away and lasts 1-2 weeks.


Sore throats, runny noses, and head congestion tend to be more cold like symptoms while headaches, body aches, and dry coughs usually point to the flu.

The most important distinction is that one is deadly. The flu kills 35,000 Americans each year, so make sure you wash your hands.

Nina Chantele

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