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The Common Cold

Colds are very common. Most people have about three colds a year. Children may have more. Colds are caused by cold germs. Germs are very tiny. They are so tiny that you cannot see them.

 

When people with colds sneeze or cough, they spread cold germs. Many people cough and sneeze into their hands. Those cold germs stay in the hands. The cold germs are then passed to everything and everyone people touch.

 

How can you keep from getting a cold? Wash your hands! Colds are often spread through hand-to-mouth contact. Handwashing can help you from getting or giving cold germs.

 

Being well rested will help you stay healthy. Sleep is very important. Most doctors suggest seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

Exercising and eating healthy foods will also keep colds away. Walk at least 30 minutes a day and eat your fruits and vegetables!

Oranges, grapefruits and other citrus fruits are healthy foods that have a lot of Vitamin C. Many who take Vitamin C say they don’t get as many colds. Vitamin C is also found in vitamin ​tablets​.

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