- According to the NIAID- people in the US suffer one billion colds a year.
- The CDC estimates that 22 million school days are lost annually in the US due to the common cold.
- The most common cold causing viruses survive better when the humidity is low-the colder months of the year.
- A cold virus is usually deposited into the nasal passages through contaminated fingers or by droplets from coughs or sneezes.
- The time from the beginning of the infection to the peak of the symptoms is typically 36-72 hours.
- Adults average 2-3 colds a year while children average 6-10 colds.
Looks like I am in good company. Me and the common folk. The CDC recommends that the best form of prevention is vigilant hand washing to keep the cold virus from entering the nose. The virus is removed by the mechanical action of washing and they also recommend daily doses of vitamin C and other immune boosting agents to combat against the infection. All great advice but not much help to me now. Looks like for the next 24 hours I will resign to being common-eating common chicken soup, taking common aspirin, drinking common orange juice and resting in my common home looking forward to the time when I can resume my UNcommon life because I really hate being common.