What is a common cold?
Over half of all colds are caused by a bug called Rhinovirus, which is found in the respiratory tract of infected people. Anyone can catch it, but the young, elderly and people with reduced immunity are more likely to be infected.
It spreads by:
Coughing or sneezing. Droplets are expelled which then settle on surfaces or are breathed in by those nearby.
Touch. You can transfer the virus to fabrics, tissues and anything you touch, if you have mucus on your hands. This is then picked up by someone else, who then puts their hands to their eyes, nose or mouth.
The symptoms are:
Difficulty breathing through the nose
Swelling of the sinuses
HOW TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COMMON COLDS
Treat your hands as potentially contaminated and avoid putting them to your eyes and nose.
If you've been around someone with a cold or in a busy public space, give your hands a thorough wash using soap and water. Read more about cleaning hands.
Make sure frequently touched surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected with Domestos Bleach Spray. That includes things you might normally overlook, like door handles, light switches and taps.
If there are children around, stick to a high level of hygiene standards at all times.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR MOBILE CLEAN
You’re constantly handling your phone. So wipe down the screen with an LCD screen cleaner. And go over the mouthpiece with an antibacterial wipe.