Get the stats on colds, flu and then some.
More than 200 different viruses cause colds. Rhinovirus is the most common, accounting for 10 to 40 percent of colds.
No wonder colds are called “common”: Americans suffer more than 1 billion colds each year.
The flu hits seniors hard. During any given flu season, about 90 percent of flu-related deaths occur in adults 65 and older.
Up to one in five schoolchildren may carry the streptococcus bacteria (the cause of strep throat) without showing symptoms. Regardless, they can still spread the infection.
Cover that sneeze: Traveling at 100 mph, a sneeze can reach others 5 feet away.
5 to 7 days
Beware of the co-worker who was out with a “24-hour bug.” Adults are contagious up to five to seven days after coming down with the flu.