Generally it can be difficult knowing whether you are suffering with cold or flu. Both can have similar symptoms for the sufferer such as tiredness, muscle ache or coughing. If you are unsure or concerned, you should download the babylon app and seek the expert advice of our doctors.



Each year millions of people experiences cold and flu symptoms to different degrees of severity. Common symptoms of colds include; coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, mild fever and headaches, sore throat and suffering from a blocked nose. You may also feel a little drained or tired. Symptoms often develop within two days and can resolve in around seven days (up to 14 days for some people).

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Unlike colds which can be caused by nearly 200 viruses, flu is caused by just three, although there many different strains that appear year-on-year.

When suffering with Flu your symptoms may present a lot faster than they do with a cold and can include the following:

  • Muscle ache
  • Sweating
  • Feeling tired and needing to lie down
  • Chesty cough
  • Fever of 38C to 40C or more

Symptoms of flu can appear between the first and third day following inflection and generally resolves with seven days.

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