It Is Coming Up On Cold Season Isn’t It?

So the weather is changing and it is getting dark out sooner these days.  Be prepared to come in contact with people with colds.  We all know the symptoms…

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal and sinus blockage
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat

Since I was a kid, my mom always said “button up or you will catch a cold” or “don’t go outside with your hair wet, you will catch a cold”.  So, what causes a cold?

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of cold viruses do not spread through the air and seldom are transmitted from airborne particles expelled when someone with a cold coughs or sneezes.

  • Hand-to-hand contact is the most common form of catching a cold.  One reason why people spread colds at work is because of touching objects that have been touched by someone with a cold.  It is also pretty easy to catch when a cold sufferer rubs his or her nose and then, shakes hands with someone who, in turn, touches his or her own nose or eyes.
  • Touching doorknobs and other hard surfaces, such as subway handrails, grocery carts, office telephones, and computer keyboards transport the cold virus.

So, now that you know the real transmission of a cold, you are better prepared to combat it!