A cold or common cold is an infection where the throat and membrane of the nose become swollen and inflamed. It is the most common and frequent disease around the world. Colds are more common in children and youngsters more than in adults as their immune system is not as developed. Colds are not a serious condition and normally go by themselves after 1-2 weeks.
Colds can be caused by a variety of things, such as a weak immune system as well as tiredness and stress which are big factors. The weather also plays a role. However, the most common virus and cause are rhinoviruses. This cold virus can enter your body when someone with a cold coughs or sneezes and the virus spreads through droplets in the air. A cold is very contagious in the first few days that someone initially has it which is why it is important to avoid too much physical contact, or sharing things, such as utensils and other contaminated objects.
SYMPTOMS OF A COLD
There are many symptoms that can signify that you are about to get a cold, such as a sore throat, blocked nose, headaches or other body aches, fever as well as a cough.