[coverattach=1]About 30 million Americans are coughing, sneezing, and blowing their noses while you read this. What's wrong with them? They have the most common illness we know, the common cold. The common cold usually lasts 3 to 7 days and the average person gets 3 or 4 colds a year.
The things that come with a cold are:
**Fever of 101oF or less.
How do we get colds? Colds are caused by viruses. You can get a cold virus from mucus on a person's hands when they have a cold, such as through a hand shake. You can also pick up the viruses on towels, telephones, money, etc. Them someone else picks them up from you. It goes on and on. Cold viruses also travel through coughs and sneezes.
-Wash your hands often. Keep them away from your nose, eyes, and mouth.
-Try not to touch people or their things when they have a cold, especially the first 2-3 days they have the cold. This is the most contagious stage.
-Get lots of exercise. Eat and sleep well.
-Use a handkerchief or tissues when you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose. This helps keep you from passing cold viruses to others.
-Use a "cool mist" vaporizer in your bedroom in the winter.