Cold – The Common Cold

The Cold Facts


Adults on average get two to five colds a year, mostly between September and May. Young children can get as many as seven to 10 colds.

More than 200 different viruses cause colds, and scientists continue to discover new ones.

Colds are most contagious about two days before symptoms start and in the early stages of illness.

The average cold lasts two to 14 days. Coughs can linger up to six weeks.

Exercise, reducing stress, getting good sleep and hand hygiene can help prevent getting a cold.

Sources: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Common Cold Centre (Cardiff University); CDC.image

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