When do people catch colds and how long do they last?
Most people tend to get a cold during the winter months, but it can happen at any time during the year. A cold usually lasts up to 7 to 10 days. Although colds and flus may seem similar, they’re not the same. A flu usually causes more severe symptoms8.
While there are no cures available for the common cold, medicine products containing paracetamol and bed rest can help speed up your recovery.
What exactly is a cold?
The common cold is a seasonal infection of the respiratory tract. It is caused by viruses called rhinovirus and spread from person to person via skin contact or in the air—for example, when an infected person sneezes.
Symptoms tend to come on within three to four days after exposure and last up to 7 to 10 days.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the average adult has between two to three colds a year. Children tend to get ill even more often5.