IS IT THE FLU... OR JUST A COLD?
Top GP Julian Spinks says, ‘The symptoms of colds and flu are similar, but the key difference is the severity. Flu typically hits you hard from earlier in the illness with a high fever – above 38°C – which can develop rapidly.
‘Along with this, there are muscle pains and a variety of symptoms including nausea, often with vomiting, sweats, sore throat and a hacking cough. People with flu often have intense tiredness and find it hard to leave their beds.
‘By contrast, colds tend to come on more gradually over a few days. There may be a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and cough but, unlike the flu, these are generally milder and most people can stay up and about,’ explains Julian.