Symptom: Coughing or sore throat
A sore throat or coughing could mean you have a cold—particularly when paired with a runny nose. If you aren’t experiencing a fever, aches or pains, it’s likely not the flu.
However, Dr. Brown recommends staying home and getting some rest so you don’t spread the infection to your colleagues.
“You can choose to take an analgesic like acetaminophen and give yourself 48 hours to feel better,” she says. It’s a good idea to drink lots of fluids and wash your hands frequently so you don’t spread the infection. She also recommends some comfort food: “That advice your mother gave you about having chicken soup for a sore throat actually has some medical research behind it and you will get better faster!”