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The Common Cold: Just How Common is it?

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The common cold (or upper respiratory tract infection) is a highly prevalent viral infection that can be caused by over 200 types of viruses including some strains of the coronavirus family. It affects the nose, ears and throat.

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The term coronavirus refers to a large family of viruses. While COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus, it may be interesting to know that the coronavirus family can also cause the common cold. As its name suggests, the common cold (or upper respiratory tract infection) is a highly prevalent viral infection that can be caused by over 200 types of viruses. It affects the nose, ears and throat.

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Great resource.
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23 Mar 2020
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17 Mar 2020
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Catherine Papadopoulos
24 Mar 2020
Good resource to help patients and colleagues to manage fear at this time
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Theresa Jansons
08 May 2020
Clear and concise
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Xiange Tan
29 May 2021
Refreshed my knowledge at this cold season.
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Bianca Humphrey
22 Mar 2020
Much needed for the Co-VID 19 Pandemic.
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Joceline Balansag
18 Mar 2020
very informative, but no indication of required medication
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