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How does a cold start?
It usually begins with a sore throat or sneezing, and before you know it, you’ve also got these symptoms:

Runny nose (clear and watery)
Sneezing
Fatigue
Cough

You usually don’t get a fever with a cold. If you do, it may be a sign you’ve got the flu or an infection with a bacteria.

What is the first sign of a cold?

The first sign of a cold is usually a sore or irritated throat and is typically followed by early symptoms such as a headache, chilliness or lethargy. These develop quickly and can last one to two days. During the first few days, your nose may also start to run.

How long does a cold last for?

Cold symptoms usually start 2 or 3 days after a person has been exposed to the virus. People with colds are most contagious for the first 3 or 4 days after the symptoms begin and can be contagious for up to 3 weeks. Although some colds can linger for as long as 2 weeks, most clear up within a week.

How do I know if I have the flu or a cold?

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

How does a cold start?

This can happen by direct physical contact with someone who has a cold, or by touching a surface contaminated with their germs and then touching your nose or mouth. You can also catch it from infected droplets in the air released by a sneeze or a cough.

How do you know you re getting a cold?

Signs and symptoms, which can vary from person to person, might include:

1. Runny or stuffy nose
2. Sore throat
3. Cough
4. Congestion
5. Slight body aches or a mild headache
6. Sneezing
7. Low-grade fever
8. Generally feeling unwell (malaise)


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