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The concept of colds

Both the common cold and the flu (as a typical cold-infectious disease) cause viruses. At present, more than 200 types of such viruses belonging to 20 families are already known, and their lists are constantly updated. A cold is caused by viruses belonging to 5 families, while influenza viruses are of three types - A, B and C. Usually, the flu of the last two forms is more calm, and it can even be compared with a cold. Immunity after such flu (especially C) is quite stable. Type A viruses are easily mutated, leading to a change in their genetic constitution, therefore, each type of mutated virus, creating immunity, does not protect a person from the huge variety of other types of mutants.

Significant differences are noted between the clinical picture of the course of colds (table).



Symptoms of colds and flu



As the table below shows, the common cold is most often a respiratory disease affecting the nasopharynx, throat, and upper respiratory tract.
Most infectious diseases are characterized by high fever, chills and more serious symptoms, indicating that the whole body is involved in the fight against the disease. The most common colds are rhinitis (runny nose), laryngitis (inflammation of the larynx), pharyngitis (inflammation of the trachea), bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchi).

Influenza, especially type A, is almost always more severe than the common cold. A characteristic and distinguishing feature from the common cold is a sudden onset with high fever and chills. With conventional methods and means of treatment, the common cold goes away in 2–5 days, and a complete restoration of the vital activity of the body takes 1–1.5 weeks. The active phase of the flu usually lasts about a week, but residual effects - weakness, loss of strength, muscle pain, etc. - can persist for another 2-3 weeks.
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The concept of colds

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