Colds and flu

Updated 03 June 2014

What is the difference between flu and a cold?

This can sometimes be confusing. Both are viral infections and both can affect the nose and the throat.

This can sometimes be confusing. Both are viral infections and both can affect the nose and the throat.
Flu, however, is usually accompanied by a high fever and muscle aches and pains and a dry cough, which distinguishes it from a normal cold.

(See the difference in symptoms of colds and flu. )

 

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
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Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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