Common Cold Information
The cold is one of the most common illnesses around, caused by more than 200 viruses. Children, for example, often get six to ten colds a year. These viruses are most often transmitted by:
- Touching your skin or surfaces (such as telephones and stair rails) that have cold germs on them and then touching your eyes or nose
- Inhaling drops of mucus full of cold germs from the air when a contagious person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms usually begin two to three days after infection and include sore throat, coughing, runny nose, and fever.
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