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QUIZ: Can You Tell The Difference Between A Common Cold And The Flu?

And which category does man-flu come under?

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ALTHOUGH WE’VE CRACKED how to treat some of the most complicated illnesses – it’s the most common ones that still have the scientific community stumped for a cure.

And with a runny nose, sore throat and seemingly endless sneezing all possible – colds and flu can be some of the most miserable to endure. But can you tell them apart and differentiate them from other illnesses that may need antibiotics?

Take our quiz below to find out valuable information that you can arm yourself with if you or a loved one gets struck down this year with a cold or the flu.

1. The at-risk groups advised to get the flu vaccines include people aged 65+ and anyone with a long-term medical condition
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True
False
2. Flu symptoms generally come on...
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Suddenly
Gradually
3. The symptoms of a cold generally come on...
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Suddenly
Gradually
4. Is it common to have a temperature with a cold?
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Yes, it's quite common
No, it's more likely you have the flu
5. Is a severe headache common if you have a cold?
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No, it's more likely that you have flu
Yes, it's very common
6. Severe aches and pains are a normal part of having a cold
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True
False - they're more likely to be the flu
7. Fatigue and extreme weakness are more associated with...
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Both cold and flu
Just the flu
8. Stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat are common to...
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Both cold and flu
Just a cold
9. A severe cough/chest discomfort is more likely to be...
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A cold
The flu
10. What is one of the rare situations in which you may need antibiotics following a cold or flu?
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If a cough persists
If it leads to vomiting or diarrhoea
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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You scored out of !
Your knowledge leaves us cold
You're not too hot at being able to spot the difference from a common cold and what can be a little more sinister - the flu. You also might not be treating it the best way possible, refresh your knowledge on undertheweather.ie.
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You scored out of !
You're a bit hot and cold with your info
You're able to spot a viral infection from a bacterial one but maybe things aren't so clear when it comes to cold versus flu, or how best to treat it. You can brush up ahead of an infection on undertheweather.ie.
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You'd give both illnesses the cold shoulder
You can easily tell the difference between the flu and what is really just a common cold. You can spot when you might have a bacterial infection and when all you need is rest and fluids. See undertheweather.ie for more.
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Feeling under the weather? Check out undertheweather.ie for practical advice on how to mind yourself or your family when you’re sick, including advice from doctors around the country. A collaborative effort from the HSE, GPs and pharmacists.

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