According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colds are more common during the fall and winter. Every year, adults get an average of two to three colds, while children get even more. It's no wonder, too, when you consider that it can be caused by more than 200 viruses, and infection spreads from person to person through the air and close personal contact.
All of you who cough and sneeze without covering your mouths because you're busy reading your newspaper or on your smartphones and tablets: cut it out, please. You're not helping.
The CDC offers the following tips to help reduce your risk of getting a cold:
That means, if you have a cold, don't be a hero and go to work. Work from home, so you don't spread germs to your co-workers. The CDC also offers some additional tips to prevent spreading your cold to others:
You'll need to drink plenty of water, hot tea and soup. While you may be able to relieve symptoms with over-the-counter medications, they won't make your cold go away any faster. It should go without saying but, because the cold is caused by a virus, antibiotics won't help any. In fact, if you take them, you'll only make things worse because taking them when you don't need them may make it harder for your body to fight future bacterial infections. And you definitely don't want that.
Of course, if you have a fever higher than 100.4, your symptoms last more than 10 days or your symptoms are severe, see your doctor. This goes double for a child, and triple for a child who is younger than 3 months old.