Cold or Flu? Know The Difference

Cold or Flu? Know The Difference



How to Spot the difference

The common cold and seasonal flu share many symptoms, but there are points of differentiation to help you identify which it is in order to seek proper treatment



·         Symptoms typically come on gradually

·         Common symptoms include nasal congestion, sneezing and runny nose

·         Can also include cough, mild headache and minor body aches

·         Symptoms tend to last a week

·         Over-the-counter medications are generally effective


·         Symptoms usually come on suddenly and are more severe than a cold

·         Common symptoms include high-grade fever, headache, body aches and fatigue.

·         Can also include dry cough, sore throat, and runny or stuffy nose.

·         Symptoms generally improve within two to five days but can last a week or more.

·         Prescription anti-viral drugs can help decrease the severity and length of symptoms; call a doctor if you think your symptoms are worsening or if you have a condition such as asthma, diabetes or are pregnant


Make sure you stay home from work or school if you have FLU-like symptoms. The FLU is very contagious and can have very dangerous consequences for those

With compromised immune systems.



SAVA wants you to be well this Cold and FLU season! If you have any questions,

Call your SAVA Protection Team 860-434-7282


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