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Common Cold

What is the common cold?

The common cold is a mild infection of your upper respiratory tract (which includes your nose and throat). Colds are probably the most common illness. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have even more. Colds are more common in the winter and spring, but you can get them at any time.

What causes the common cold?

More than 200 different viruses can cause a cold, but rhinoviruses are the most common type. The viruses that cause colds are very contagious. They can spread from person to person through the air and close personal contact. You can also get infected when you touch something that has the virus on it and then touch your eyes, mouth, or nose. For example, you could get a cold after you shake hands with someone who has a cold or touch a doorknob that has the germs on it, and then touch your face.

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  1. Common Cold (National Library of Medicine)  
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  6. Viral Infections (National Library of Medicine)  
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  7. Common Cold in Babies: Symptoms and Causes (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
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  8. ClinicalTrials.gov: Common Cold From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
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