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the common cold

Another name for a "cold"—an ordinary, mild illness characterized by congestion, sneezing, and coughing. The doctor said that I just have the common cold, not anything serious, thank goodness. If you have the common cold, you should be resting!
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Another reason cooking up a common cold cure isn't on the agenda for pharmaceutical labs is because how much research for a cure would cost.
Since the odds of ever seeing a common cold cure during this lifetime appear to be rather slim, it's best if people take the necessary precautions to avoid getting sick and make sure they're taking the proper steps to usher themselves back to full health when they do catch a cold.
Everyone knows the first miserable signs of a common cold, Sneezing, scratchy throat, runny nose.
Ever wonder what causes a common cold? The answer is overwhelming, as more than 200 different viruses are known to cause the miserable signs and symptoms of the common cold.
For example, you are more likely to catch a common cold if you are excessively fatigued, have emotional distress, or have allergies with nose and throat symptoms.
With a common cold, you catch the virus from another person who is infected with the virus.
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The most important prevention for a common cold is hand hygiene.