The winter months are commonly associated with decreasing temperatures and increasing cases of the common cold. Typically, symptoms of the common cold come on gradually, and may start with a sore throat or irritated sinuses. Seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round; however, seasonal flu activity often begins as early as October and November and can continue to occur as late as May.
According to Healthline, when you have a cold, you’re contagious approximately one to two days before symptoms start and can continue to be contagious for up to seven days after you’ve become sick. Unfortunately, many people can’t stay home for that long of a time to fully recover.
Consider the following suggestions to help avoid becoming ill or passing on a cold to a co-worker, friend or family member:
Wash your hands with warm water and soap often.
Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
Sanitize commonly touched surfaces.
Always cough and sneeze into your elbow—not your hands—to prevent spreading germs.