The common cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). It’s usually harmless, although it might not feel that way. Many types of viruses can cause a common cold. Also, you should know colds are milder than flu and the symptoms of a flu are more intense.
According to the Center For Disease Control, contracting the flu virus is most common during the Fall and Winter. Typically, flu activity increases in October and peaks between December and February, although it can last until May.
Cold symptoms begin with a sore throat, which goes away after a day or two. Nasal symptoms, runny nose, and congestion follow, along with a cough by the fourth and fifth days. Fever is uncommon in adults, but a slight fever is possible. Be careful! Your common cold could be something way worse, so check out the signs!