What are the 5 stages of cold?


There are actually no universally agreed-upon stages of a cold, but the following five stages are commonly described:

  1. Incubation period: This is the time between when the virus enters the body and when symptoms start to appear. It usually lasts from one to three days.
  2. Prodromal stage: This stage is characterized by the onset of symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, and mild fever. It usually lasts from one to three days.
  3. Acute stage: This is the stage when symptoms are at their worst. It typically involves more severe symptoms like cough, congestion, and high fever. It can last from three to seven days.
  4. Subacute stage: This stage is marked by a decrease in the severity of symptoms. The cough may linger, but most other symptoms will begin to improve. It can last from seven to ten days.
  5. Recovery stage: This is the final stage of a cold, and it is characterized by the complete resolution of symptoms. It can take up to two weeks to fully recover.

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