How long does it last?
Colds typically last about 7 to 10 days. Symptoms may last longer in people who smoke.
How serious is it?
The common cold is usually a harmless, self-limiting condition that resolves spontaneously, although to the sufferer the condition may not feel mild.
What complications may follow this condition?
Complications are not typical following a common cold, however they may include sinus congestion, earache, bronchitis and pneumonia.
How often might you expect to get a cold in a year?
Typically, adults might get a cold about 2 to 4 times in a year, whereas young children may contract as many as 6 to 12 infections in a year.
Who is at greatest risk of getting a cold?
Young children and adults who work with them, people with chronic illnesses who have weakened immune systems, smokers and air-travellers are at increased risk of contracting colds.
How can you prevent getting a cold?
The following precautions may minimise the risk of contracting a cold: washing hands, washing toys, using tissues, using your own glass or water-bottle, avoiding people with colds and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.