I get miserably sick almost every winter –– it’s like the world’s most miserable holiday tradition. I use “cold” and “flu” interchangeably since some of the symptoms are the same, but this convenient guide taught me how to tell the two apart.
The flu comes from the influenza virus and mainly affects your throat, nose and lungs. The symptoms can be summed up in an easy-to-remember acronym: FACTS (fever, aches, chills, tiredness and sudden onset). You can expect to spend at least two days in bed, although pregnancy and pre-existing medical conditions can complicate your recovery.
If you catch a cold, you’ll feel it in your nose and throat. Symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Unfortunately, a cold can have you feeling icky for up to three weeks.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a yearly flu shot, and a cold can be avoided through frequent hand-washing and taking Vitamin C.
Whether you have cold or flu symptoms, you’re in for at least a few days of misery. Get ahead of sickness by reading our post on 10 Strange Ways to Stay Healthy.