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WARNING: Flu Season Ahead! Flu vs. Cold and How to Detect the Difference

It’s that time of the year – runny noses, contagious coughs, and stomach bugs are on the rise and it’s almost impossible not to catch what everyone is passing around. Determining whether you have a cold or the flu can be difficult, even with how common these illnesses are, because the symptoms are very similar. Do you know how to detect the differences between the two? Symptoms for both diseases vary for each affected person according to the severity of the illness, although the flu is often more severe and can lead to serious complications whereas a cold will not. Both the flu and a cold are respiratory illnesses, but they’re different viruses (hence the similarities and difficulty in distinguishing between the two). Colds often start off as a runny or stuffy nose with a sore throat and rarely result in serious health issues such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. The flu on the other hand, is more intense and can result in detrimental health problems. Last year, in …

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