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Chart: Is it the flu? Or is it a common cold?

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(WJBK) -- Is it a cold? Or is it the flu? How do you know which symptoms raise the red flag?

Take a look at the chart below courtesy of Henry Ford Health Systems to see if your symptoms reveal the flu or a common cold.

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Symptom Flu Common Cold
Onset Abrupt More gradual
Fever Common 37.7 C to 40.0 C (100 F to 104 F Uncommon or only 0.5 C (1 F) increase
Muscle Pain/Ache Severe, common Uncommon
Joint Pain Severe, common Uncommon
Headache Severe, common Mild, uncommon
Cough (dry) Common, severe Mild to moderate
Malaise (general discomfort) Severe Mild
Fatigue/Weakness More common than with the common cold, last 2-3 weeks Very mild, short lasting
Chest Discomfort Common, severe Mild to moderate
Stuffy Nose Occasional Common
Sneezing Occasional Common
Sore Throat Occasional Common
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