The common cold causes up to 22 million missed school days a year! Most adults get 2 – 5 colds a year. Colds are caused by over 200 different viral infections. Colds are spread by inhaling tiny droplets of mucus in the air spread by people with colds, or by touching surfaces that have been contaminated by infected persons and then touching eyes, mouths or noses. 40,000 infected droplets can be expelled as far as 30 feet with each cough or sneeze and might survive up to 3 -4 hours on the surfaces where they land!
It is impossible to completely prevent the spread of colds. The following are reminders because we’ve all heard this advice before. However, these steps might reduce the likelihood that you will become infected with a cold virus.
- Wash your hands often, and wash the right way. This is your best line of defense, especially if you’ve been in a public space like a gym or a store or on public transportation. Make sure you suds up because the suds kill germs and removes the dirt they hide under. Wash thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, rinse well, and dry well. Germs stick to skin when it’s wet.