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Cold or flu: How can you tell the difference?

Posted: 8:01 AM, Jan 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-04 08:01:01-05
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CAPE CORAL, Fla.-- As cases of the flu continue to increase in Florida, many people are left wondering if they have the cold or the flu.

The Center of Disease Control said knowing the difference can help a person to a faster and easier recovery.

The CDC released a report showing a chart that compares the symptoms of the two.

They said someone with the cold will usually have gradual symptoms that include a runny or stuffy nose.

The report said most colds don't result in more serious health problems that lead to hospital visits.

On the other side, the CDC said the flu can include more serious symptoms such as a fever and aches.

If untreated, the CDC said the flu can lead to more complicated health problems like bacterial infections and pneumonia.

Overall, doctors said the best way to avoid the flu is to get your flu shot.