Is it a Cold or the Flu? Do you know the difference?


I like this neat page from ABC which allows a simple check whether you're having a common cold or the flu. Frankly, I don't know the difference.

According to the bible of knowledge, Wikipedia on the common cold:
The common cold (also known as nasopharyngitis, acute viral rhinopharyngitis, acute coryza, or a cold) (Latin: rhinitis acuta catarrhalis) is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory system, caused primarily by rhinoviruses and coronaviruses.

Common symptoms include a cough, sore throat, runny nose, and fever. There is currently no known treatment that shortens the duration; however, symptoms usually resolve spontaneously in 7 to 10 days, with some symptoms possibly lasting for up to three weeks.


And on the flu:
Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is an infectious disease caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae (the influenza viruses), that affects birds and mammals.

The most common symptoms of the disease are chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort. Although it is often confused with other influenza-like illnesses, especially the common cold, influenza is a more severe disease than the common cold and is caused by a different type of virus.


According to this Channel NewsAsia article, "Spike in flu cases": Singapore typically experiences two flu seasons, the first one from January to February and the second from May to June, which coincide with the peaks of influenza activities in winter in countries in the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

The article dated in 19 Jan this year, and so far it's proven right with me now kinda down with common cold/flu again (or is it common flu? roll feverish eyes).

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