The ailments caused by cold, flu and COVID-19, which stems from the coronavirus, can have overlapping symptoms. But there are some stark – as well as a few subtle – differences, according to health authorities.
Below are the major symptoms of all three, culled from the CDC and other sources.
Symptoms of COVID-19
- Sudden onset
- May appear 2-14 days after exposure (though some studies indicate it might be longer)
- Shortness of breath
Symptoms of COLD