DON'T BE FOOLED

10-15 MILLION COLDS IN THE SUMMER?

10-15 MILLION COLDS IN THE SUMMER?

JUST BECAUSE THE WEATHER IS GETTING WARMER . . .

Looking forward to summer? Getting away away or having some fun outside?

What could be more unfair than catching a cold when it’s warm?

A WHOLE NEW SET OF VIRUSES GETS BUSY

Summer viruses cause an estimated 10 million to 15 million colds between June and October.

Sneezing, scratchy throat and runny nose are the first signs of a cold. Also a fever that comes on suddenly, which may lead to mild respiratory symptoms, sore throat, headache, muscle aches. Even gastrointestinal issues like nausea or vomiting.

PAY ATTENTION AND STAY WELL

The viruses travel in respiratory secretions, like saliva or mucus. You can become infected by direct contact. Or you might pick up the virus by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, such as a telephone, doorknob or baby’s diaper.

Frequent hand washing and avoiding exposure to people who are sick with fever can help prevent the spread of infection

Alan Inglis