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Feeling unwell? think it might be a cold? check the symptoms

Cold, flu, and COVID-19 are all respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses and can affect individuals differently in several ways. Here's a comparison of how these three illnesses differ, and can affect you.


  • Cold: Rest, hydration, and over-the-counter remedies to relieve symptoms.

  • Flu: Antiviral medications (if taken early) and supportive care, such as rest and fluids.

  • COVID-19: No specific antiviral treatment, so management is focused on supportive care, rest and keeping hydrated will help. Public health measures, such as vaccination, masking, and self-care, utilising the use of antibacterial products have played a crucial role in managing the spread of the virus and mitigating its impact.

Mask wearing is up to the individual, and Covid autumn booster vaccinations are available for certain groups of people. Covid autumn booster vaccine 2023: Everything you need to know - Department of Health and Social Care Media Centre (

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