Know the difference between the flu and a cold

If you wake up feeling achy, exhausted, feverish, congested and coughing, how do you know whether it's the flu or the cold? The common cold and the flu virus have very common symptoms and knowing the difference between the two could potentially save a life. Cold symptoms can make you feel very ill for a week but then you'll start to feel better, whereas, the flu can last up to weeks and may result in pneumonia, bronchitis and even hospitalizations, if not caught in time. Below is a chart to help determine if you have the flu or cold and some prevention tips for both.
SYMPTOM
COLD
FLU
 Fever  Rare; usually mild   Usual, high (100-102 F), may last 3-4 days 
 Headache  Rare  Prominent
 Body Aches/Pains   Rare  Usual, could be severe 
 Fatigue  Mild  Usual, can last 2-3 weeks 
 Exhaustion  Never  Prominent
 Stuffy Nose   Common  Sometimes
 Sneezing  Common  Sometimes
 Cough  Mild-moderate, hacking   Common, can be severe 
 Sore Throat   Common  Sometimes
 Chills/Sweats  Rare  Common; when fever comes and goes 
 Prevention  Wash hands, avoid close contact with those who are ill, increase your intake of vitamins (primarily C and D), reduce stress, increase rest and water intake   Same as the cold 
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