Skip to main content

COVID-19, Flu, and Colds

Harvard Doctors Reveal

How to prevent, treat, and spot the difference between COVID-19, flu, and colds

Sometimes mild and short-lived, other times dangerous and long-lasting, get the facts about today’s viruses!

No one tries to “catch” a cold. Colds, flu, and coronaviruses catch us. This Harvard Medical School Guide will make you hard to catch! You’ll learn how to bolster your defenses… keep trouble-causing viruses at bay…boost your immune system… and relieve symptoms.

Colds, flu, and COVID-19 are not inevitable. They are avoidable!

Cold and flu germs ambush us. They are unseen on surfaces or in the air.  It’s not until you get the sniffles, fever or body ache that you know they’ve found you. 

This timely guide will help you keep your distance and build your resistance. You’ll find practical tips to reduce your exposure to germs and you’ll discover proactive measures that will help you and your family stay cold-and-flu-free. As well as the latest news and strategies for dealing with COVID-19. 

You’ll be reading recommendations prepared by the doctors at Harvard Medical School for this cold-and-flu season. COVID-19, Flu, and Colds is filled with clear, instructive guidance that will give you the upper hand. You’ll learn…

… the most effective strategies to win the “cold” wars. The guide will brief you on steps to shield yourself from cold viruses and optimal ways to strengthen your body’s cold-defense mechanisms. You’ll find tips for reducing your child’s risk of catching a cold and special considerations for older adults.

…six ways to stop flu from getting to you. You don’t want to fool with the flu. Each year more than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized because of it.  But which flu vaccine is right for you? Should you take an antiviral medication?  What else can you do to prevent the flu?  The guide will tell you.

staying healthy in the time of COVID-19. What factors can increase your chances of having a more severe case of COVID-19? Tips for purchasing and wearing masks. The myths of some immunity-boosting product claims and what you can do to protect yourself. 

…plus eight smart steps to get you back on your feet! You can’t cure a cold, but you can curtail the misery. You’ll find the one thing to look for when selecting a cold or flu medication…simple ways to ease congestion… the surprising supplement shown to end cold symptoms sooner…and more! 

Four Doctors

In this edition we've added special sections focused on COVID-19 and how it impacts you:

  • What causes COVID-19, flu, and colds?
  • How are COVID-19, flu, and colds different?
  • How to get the care you need
  • How you can prevent COVID-19, flu, and colds
  • How should you treat COVID-19, flu, and colds?
  • COVID-19, flu, and colds in special populations