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Is it a cold or the flu? Here are the facts

 

Last updated 12/2/2006 at Noon



At first glance, the cold and flu may seem similar – they even appear to have the same symptoms. But, take a closer look and see that these viruses are quite different. The way they are contracted, prevented and treated are unique from one another. For this reason, it’s important to understand whether a person is sick with the cold or flu so the best care can be provided.

A cold is a virus that lives in the nose, whereas the flu is a virus that lives in the respiratory tract such as the throat, nose and lungs. Cold symptoms are mild and may include a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, sor...



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