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CNA Explains: What’s the difference between a cold and the flu?

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CNA Explains: What’s the difference between a cold and the flu?

It’s December and that means flu season is in full swing with the covid-19 pandemic putting everyone on high alert once they start sniffing or coughing you might have seen a doctor more often this year or maybe your colleagues are calling in sick more often with a cold others might say they have the flu but the symptoms for a cold and the flu are.

Similar how do you know which one you’ve got we spoke to doctors to find out catching a cold refers to getting a common cold which is a mild viral upper respiratory tract infection symptoms involve the nose ears and throat like a sore throat cough phlegm and a runny or blocked nose colds are caused by many.

Viruses including the rhinovirus or coronaviruses on the other hand the flu is a specific viral respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus it’s more well known because it causes seasonal outbreaks seasonal food strains are responsible for a few thousand deaths in Singapore every year.

Flu symptoms usually include a high fever body aches and a dry cough you might also experience runny nose and a sore throat you might have heard someone say they’ve caught a chill after getting drenched in a rain chills are actually a symptom and it’s.

Usually a sign that you’re running a fever while there’s no scientific evidence that suggests being in a cold or wet environment increases your risk of infection a sudden drop in temperature can weaken your immune system but the infection still has to come from somewhere both the common colds and the flu are caused by viruses.

Transmitted through air droplets from person to person the common cold is usually milder and complications are less severe flu symptoms are usually more intense and start more suddenly influenza can also cause more serious complications like pneumonia inflammation of the heart or.

Brain and even death but don’t worry too much most patients with the common cold or the flu usually feel better within a week apart from getting enough rest drinking enough water and eating well patients can also take medicine to treat their symptoms doctors I spoke to also encourage people to take the flu vaccination every year to protect.

Themselves against influenza but of course if you have severe symptoms like a very high fever a persistent cough with breathlessness or chest pains you should see a doctor high-risk patients like children under five elderly above 65 or those with asthma and chronic diseases should also see a doctor once they start to see.