The cold and the flu are caused by different viruses. So a
cold can’t turn into the flu. But there’s nothing stopping you from getting a
cold and the flu at the same time or a few days later. You catch a cold and the
flu in very similar ways – being around someone who is sick or touching
something, like a phone or door knob, that someone touched and contaminated
with a virus.
The cold is generally a mild infection that lasts for four to five
days and gets better on its own. Sometimes, you may feel sicker after a few
days if the cold leads to a sinus infection or bronchitis. The flu is worse and
hits you like a ton of bricks. One minute you feel fine and a few hours later
it hurts to get out of bed. The flu usually resolves on its own after a week or
so, but can also lead to a sinus infection or bronchitis and, unusually, even
pneumonia. Neither the cold not the flu typically has nausea or other stomach
problems. If you have those symptoms, there is a good chance you have another
type of infection or something else.The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu
vaccine. But you also need to wash your hands often to help prevent spreading
the cold or flu to yourself.
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