The winter months are commonly associated with decreasing temperatures and increasing cases of the common cold.
Typically, symptoms of the common cold come gradually, and may start with a sore throat or irritated sinuses.
According to Healthline, when you have a cold, you’re contagious approximately one to two days before symptoms start and can continue to be contagious for up to seven days after you’ve come sick.
Unfortunately, many people can’t stay home for that long to fully recover.
Tips to Stay Cold-Free:
Consider the following suggestions to help avoid becoming ill or passing on a cold:
- Wash your hands with warm water and soap often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
- Sanitize commonly touched surfaces.
- Always cough and sneeze into your elbow – not your hands – to prevent spreading germs.
Is it a Cold or is it the Flu?
At times, it’s difficult to know whether or not you’re experiencing a cold or a flu. Here’s a few things to help decipher between the two:
- Sore Throat
- Muscle Pain
Not sure whether or not you’re coming down with a Cold or the Flu? Play it safe. Consult your doctor.