The average adult catches a cold two to three times a year, and children nearly double that.
While it’s not known why colds are so common this winter, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself well.
“One of the best things we can do to protect ourselves is to wash our hands frequently. Washing your hands effectively means using soap, and washing for at least 30 seconds. You can also use hand sanitizer in the same way and that will help kill viruses,” said Family Physician with The Edward Health Group, Anne Scheider.
Also, avoiding direct contact with people, through touching, can help limit your interaction with germs.
However if you do find yourself catching a cold, remember to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and as far as treating it, Scheider says you’ll just have to wait it out in most cases.
“Because these are cold viruses and flu viruses there are no antibiotics that are going to kill a cold virus. We have an anti viral medication for the flu if you test positive for it but otherwise antibiotics are only going to kill bacteria, and colds are viruses not bacteria. So in that sense antibiotics won’t be helpful,” she said.
Because colds are so common this time of year, it’s typically okay to go about your normal work or school schedule with them, but if your temperature rises you may want to call in.
“In young children especially if they have a fever, you’re going to want to keep them home. In adults in particular it really depends on how sick you feel. If you’re running a fever and you’re an adult, we would typically want to see you in the office anyway and usually in that case we would have you stay home from work,” Scheider said.
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale Reports.
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