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
- Nasal and sinus blockage
- 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!