Sequence of cold: feverish > sore throat > sneezing + coughing > runny nose > phlegm > back to normal

“Cold symptoms can be different for everyone, but they typically appear about one to three days after exposure to a cold-causing virus, peak around day four, and taper off around day seven.” [Source]

Days 1 and 2: Fatigue, Sneezing, and Sore Throat
Days 3 to 5: Nasal Symptoms and Cough
Days 6 and 7: Symptoms Ease

See also the stages described here.

Days 1-2: not many symptoms
Days 2-3: fatigue/ soreness
Days 3-4: Runny nose
Days 4-6: Congestion easing up.

HOW LONG IS COLD INFECTIOUS/ CONTAGIOUS?

Although the typical incubation period for influenza is about one to four days, some adults can be contagious from about one day before onset of symptoms for up to two weeks.  [Source]

STAGES OF COLD

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