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Is it COVID-19 or a Cold? A Doctor Explains How to Tell the Difference

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While COVID-19 cases are sharply rising across the US, the winter season is also a time for the common cold. Symptoms for the two can certainly look the same — sore throat, runny nose, cough, and headache, among others.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed gives guidance to people trying to figure out if they have been infected and need to get tested or if they just have a cold.

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, "it increases the probability" that you may have the virus too, El-Sayed said.

Here's what to pay attention to:

"Even though ...