Aussie flu symptoms: What’s the difference between the deadly virus and a cold?

Aussie flu has swept across the UK, and the number of cases continues to rise, Public Health England has warned.

While the infectious condition and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, they are caused by different viruses, and has subtle changes to symptoms.

Flu symptoms tend to be more severe than the cold, and people with a cold are more likely to have a runny or congested nose.

Pneumonia and other complications that also come as a result of the flu, and is much less likely to develop after a cold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP).

“Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone,” said the CDCP.

“In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense.

“Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.”

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue, the CDCP said.

If you’re unsure whether you have a cold or the flu, there’s a simple trick to tell the difference.

Dr Ranj Singh suggested using a £20 note to help you decide.

“A silly test to differentiate between cold and flu would be to leave a £20 note on the floor,” he told The Mirror.

“The person with a cold will pick up the money, but the person with the flu won’t even care that it’s there.”

While flu is the next stage up from a common cold, Aussie flu has been described as the next stage up from the flu.

Symptoms of the deadly infection include vomiting, diarrhoea, a chesty cough and difficulty sleeping.

About 500 people have been hospitalised with the Aussie flu virus, H3N2, since the beginning of the winter season.

If you think you may have Aussie flu, you’re advised to stay at home and drink plenty of fluids. See a GP if you’re over 65, are pregnant, or have an underlying health condition.