Fast Five Quiz: Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


January 22, 2021

These symptoms are frequently associated with a common cold:

  • Cough (mild)

  • Sneezing

  • Runny/stuffy nose

  • Sore throat

  • Short fever

  • Body aches and pains

Individuals with a cold may feel tired and weak sometimes but rarely develop a headache or impaired taste and/or smell. Diarrhea, chills/shivering, and shortness of breath are not associated with a common cold; however, a cold may exacerbate asthma, which can lead to shortness of breath.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms associated with COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Read more clinical information about COVID-19.


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