Nickname: Common cold virus
Signs & Symptoms: Fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, respiratory congestion, and overall “sick” feeling
Spread: The virus is contained in the moist droplets that are released into the air or onto objects by an infected person who is coughing and sneezing. 80% of Rhinovirus infections are spread by touching contaminated surfaces or items.
Who is at risk: Anyone who is exposed to the virus is at risk. There are many different types of cold viruses with different antigens. It is impossible for the human body to make antibodies to all the different cold virus antigens. That is why we continue to get colds over and over again.
Avoidance techniques: Avoid contact with persons who are coughing and sneezing. Don’t touch used tissues, handkerchiefs or contaminated objects. Proper cough etiquette can prevent the spread of Rhinovirus.