Do I Have a Cold, the Flu or Something Else? The Difference in Symptoms You Should Know

Do you have a runny nose? Fever? Body aches? When you start to feel run down, it’s natural to assume the worst during this time and skip to the conclusion that you have the coronavirus. However, it’s important to be aware of the different symptoms between the cold and the flu so that you can act appropriately.


Common cold and flu symptoms to be aware of.



With a cold, you’re likely to start with a sore throat for the first day or two, then have things move into your nose. You may have a runny nose, congestion, and then a cough. It’s rare for an adult to have a fever with a cold, but not so for a child.


Generally, you will be contagious for the first three days you have cold symptoms, although you may experience these symptoms for a week. If you don’t start to feel better after seven days, check-in with your doctor to ensure it’s not something more serious.


There is no cure for a cold. The best remedy is to start hydrated and well-rested.



Flu symptoms tend to be more severe and come on more rapidly than the cold. With the flu, you may experience a fever, chills, sore throat, headache, body aches, congestion, and a runny nose. The flu tends to last longer than a cold and it’s not unusual to feel sick for a week or longer.


You’re likely able to infect other people beginning one day before symptoms develop and you are contagious up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.


Again, there is no cure for the flu. However, if caught early, antiviral medication can help to shave a few days off the flu and ease your symptoms.



With the coronavirus dominating the headlines, it’s natural to think that your cough is a sign of something more than just a cold or the flu. COVID-19 can be very serious, especially for older people and those with underlying health conditions. Symptoms range from mild to severe. The most reported symptoms of the coronavirus include tiredness, shortness of breath, a fever, a cough, and possibly some nasal congestion.


Call your doctor if you know you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 or have traveled to an area with widespread transmission. Remember that around 80 percent of people recover from the disease without needing treatment.


We hope that these tips help you to better understand the differences between the flu, a cold, and the coronavirus. The insurance professionals at Kneller Agency are here to help. For all of your insurance needs, contact us today. We are operating business as usual and are eager to protect you.

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