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The flu or a cold? Can you tell the difference?

Doctors say the number of flu patients increases each day. (Photo source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News) Doctors say the number of flu patients increases each day. (Photo source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Do you know the difference between the common cold and the flu?

The signs and symptoms of the flu include:

  • Abrupt symptoms
  • Fever that lasts three to four days
  • Chills
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Sneezing, stuffy nose, and sore throats can occur
  • Chest discomfort and coughing can be severe
  • Headaches

The signs and symptoms of the common cold include:

  • Gradual symptoms
  • Sneezing, stuffy nose, and sore throat
  • Mild to moderate coughing, possibly a "hacking" cough

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If you, or your loved one has symptoms of the flu, it's important to go to the doctor. 

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