- The common cold is arguably the most common illness in humans. Over 200 different viruses can cause cold symptoms of varying severity.
- Viruses that cause colds are spread from person to person through tiny droplets of mucus that enter the air from the nasal passages of infected persons and are inhaled by others. Colds can also be spread by touching surfaces that have been contaminated by contact with infected persons and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
- Regular consumption of varieties of fruits and veggies help in building our immune system to fight against all forms of infection.
- Frequent hand washing can destroy viruses that you have acquired from touching surfaces used by other people.
- Used tissues are sources of virus that can contaminate any surface where they are left. Dispose of them properly immediately after use.
- Avoid touching your face,especially the nose, mouth, and eye areas, if you are around someone with a cold or have been touching surfaces in a public area.
- Cigarette smoke can irritate the airways and increase susceptibility to colds and other infections. Even exposure to passive smoke can make you more vulnerable to colds.
- Wipe household surfaces frequently with soap and water or a disinfectant solution as they can all harbor viruses for hours after their use by an infected person.
- Studies have shown that people experiencing emotional stress have weakened immune systems and are more likely to catch a cold than their calmer counterparts.