Common colds

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Cold & Flus

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:

  • Touch: If you have mucus on your hands you can transfer the virus to fabrics, tissues and anything else that you touch. This is then picked up by someone else, who then puts their hands to their eyes, nose or mouth. This is why the sickness is spread by touching the same door handles, cupboards, utensils and other surfaces that have been in contact with an infected person.

The symptoms are:

  • Difficulty breathing through the nose

  • Swelling of the sinuses

  • Sneezing

  • Sore throat

  • Cough

  • Headache

Ways to help avoid common colds

Treat your hands as potentially contaminated and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

If you've been around someone with a cold, or in a busy public space, wash your hands thoroughly using soap and water. Find out how to clean your hands properly to kill all bacteria.

Make sure frequently touched surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected with Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach. That includes things that you might normally overlook, like door handles, light switches and taps.

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