Common Cold

Common cold is indeed common with a new study pointing out that summer time colds aren’t rare and the likelihood of you catching a cold in summer is just about the same as in winter.

Scientists at UCLA Health-Santa Clarita explain that viruses do not take vacations and continue to survive and infect us around the year, but different strains of these viruses affect us in different seasons. Consider the case of cold in summer, it is the enterovirus or adenovirus that infects us and in case of winter cold it is the rhinovirus and the influenza viruses.

According to experts, summer colds take a greater toll on the person who is suffering because they generate more symptoms. Both types of colds are characterized by a runny nose and other upper respiratory symptoms, but summer viruses can affect your whole system, not just the nose, causing flu-like symptoms that can include gastrointestinal issues and a low-grade fever.

Summer colds are also spread differently. While winter colds are usually transmitted in enclosed rooms by respiratory droplets, summer viruses are spread through contact with body secretions and easily transmitted by children.

While strains and symptoms are different, the preventative measures for cold do not change. The best ways to prevent cold are to wash hands often and well, and stay clear of people who are sick.

In addition, recent influenza strains combined with summer travel has even influenza occasionally popping up in the summer. Summer also includes the possibility of illness transmitted by mosquitos and viruses like Zika and West Nile Virus can have cold or flu like symptoms.

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