“A cold may drag your energy down, while the flu won’t let you get out of bed,” said Dr Salvin George, specialist — Internal Medicine, Medcare Hospital, Dubai. “Chest congestion, sore throat and sneezing are common cold symptoms. There could be coughing too (though less common), headache and chest discomfort. With the flu, you are likely to run a high fever for several days and have body ache, fatigue and weakness. Symptoms of the flu also tend to come on abruptly. Usually, complications from colds are relatively minor, but a case of flu can sometimes even lead to a life-threatening illness such as pneumonia,” explained Dr George.