How severe are your symptoms?
“Both the common cold and influenza can include upper respiratory symptoms such as sinus congestion, runny nose, sore throat and cough, as well as systemic symptoms including fever,” says Clifford Swap, MD, emergency medicine attending at Kaiser Permanente San Diego. However, symptoms of the flu tend to come on quickly and be more severe than in the common cold. Check out these natural flu remedies you’ll need if you’re sick.
Are you achy?
You may notice some mild aches and pains with a cold, but not to the degree you feel them if they’re symptoms of the flu. If you have the flu, your muscles and joints will hurt, often in your head, back, and legs. It could even be painful to move.