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Omicron, Delta, cold, or flu? This chart shows the most common symptoms - Fortune

If you're experiencing a sore throat, runny nose, or fever, you're likely wondering which illness you have.

While the Omicron and Delta variants continue to drive COVID cases globally, many of the symptoms are similar to the typical cold or flu.

Some differences appear to be emerging in COVID symptoms (including variants), common colds, and influenza.

Using information from scientific studies, medical professionals, and health organizations like the CDC, Fortune’s team has put together this chart showing common reported symptoms for each.

For instance, those with Omicron are more likely to report mild symptoms and less likely to lose the ability to taste and smell than those with Delta. You might experience a longer fever or night sweats with Omicron compared with the common cold.

It's important to remember that symptoms vary case by case, and this chart is far from definitive. We will update with new information as it occurs. If you're experiencing symptoms, reach out to your doctor for guidance, and get tested for a definitive diagnosis. (Click the chart for an enlarged view.)

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