is it a cold or the flu?
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but different viruses are responsible. Sometimes flu causes minor symptoms and some cold viruses can knock you off your feet but, in general, flu symptoms are more intense while a cold is more likely to lead to a blocked/runny nose.
Runny nose or nasal congestion Sneezing
Aches and pains
Nausea and vomiting
Common (sudden onset; usually temperatures between 38°C and 40°C)
Common (sudden onset)
Common (sometimes intense) Common (sometimes intense) Common (intense; duration lasts a few days, sometimes longer) Common in children, rare in adults (often accompanied by diarrhoea and abdominal pain in children)
Common (mild or moderate)