The cold season is here! And here in the library, we have been reminded of that fact quite suddenly. I always forget about the cold season. After all, we’ve just spent all summer basking in summer sun and breathing fresh air. But now, we’re back into the thick of school work and classrooms. So… let us learn a little bit more about it.
The Common Cold- also known as a viral upper respiratory tract infection, is a self-limited contagious illness that can be caused by a number of different types of viruses. More than 200 different types of viruses are known to cause the common cold. Because so many different viruses can cause a cold and because new cold viruses constantly develop, the body never builds up resistance against all of them. For this reason, colds are a frequent and recurring problem. In fact, children in preschool and elementary school can have three to 12 colds per year while adolescents and adults typically have two to four colds per year. The common cold is the most frequently occurring illness in the world, and it is a leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work (MedicineNet.com).
So how do we catch it… and in knowing this… avoid it?? The most recommended way to avoid catching this buzz-killing virus is to avoid people who have the cold. Not very practical for the majority of the population. So instead, wash your hands with regular soap before eating, or touching any part of your face. Don’t use anti-bacterial soap! The cold is a virus, not a bacterium. And, if you have the cold already… sneeze or cough into a tissue or into your… elbow. Not your hands! I’m going to hazard a guess that not everyone is diligent in the handwashing rigmarole.