Originally Posted by Duchess15
That's usually what ends up happening. When I get a cold, it is usually very severe and last for about 5 weeks.
That's a flu, not a cold. Colds are here and gone in a week, anything more then it's something else.
I dread colds. Colds are spread mostly through touching an infected surface and then introducing that virus into our bodies through: rubbing our eyes, picking our nose, putting our fingers in our mouth, using someone else's phone...
I make sure to keep my hands away from my face when I'm away from home, and I carry anti-bacterial hand towels in my purse, and I wash my hands before I eat when in a restaurant, especially one where I've had to handle money before eating.
When I use a bathroom I use my jacket sleeve or a paper towel to open the door handle so that I am not recontaminating my hands after washing them by touching a dirty door handle. The first thing I do when I get home is wash my hands so that I'm not spreading bacteria/viruses that I have picked up on my hands onto the stuff in my home.
Some think that I am overly cautious but as a nurse I know the merits of good hand washing and I haven't had a cold in several years.