The Common Cold

What Is the Common Cold

The Common Cold is a virus that passes from person to person very easily and affects nearly 3 million people in the US every year. There are lots of symptoms and most people get rid of there cold in a week or 2 but some cases can last for longer.

How do I Know I have it

A Cold is usually harmless, although it may not feel that way at the time. If it's not a runny nose, sore throat and cough, it's the watery eyes, sneezing and congestion or it could be all of these.
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Image of the Virus under a Microscope

How did I get this Cold

The cold can travel in many ways and they include; by airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes), skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs), saliva (kissing or shared drinks) and touching a contaminated surface (blanket or doorknob).

How do I get rid of it and not give it away

Most people recover on their own within two weeks. Over-the-counter products and home remedies can help control symptoms. Washing hands regularly helps prevent contact spread and make sure you cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze to make sure people close to you do not contract it. There is not a accurate treatment but there are some over the counter drugs and home remedies that are used as a treatment or cure.

What are we doing to stop it

Scientists have worked for a long time to try to find a cure but they are not too worried about the serious side effects because it does not kill enough people to cause a large threat. But they did create some drugs and medicine for short term treatments.

In Conclusion...

There is no sure fire way to make sure you get one of the most common viruses in the world but you can make sure to always wash your hands and just stay healty