Common Cold

What is a Common Cold?


term-definitionIndividuals become sick with the common cold when they are infected with a virus, which is most often the rhinovirus. Additional cold viruses include the respiratory syncytial virus and the parainfluenza virus. These viruses are contagious and individuals will become infected when they come into contact with a surface that contains germs from an infected person. The germs can also infect a person as they travel through the air as the result of a cough or sneeze.

Last Reviewed:
September 19, 2016
Last Updated:
December 13, 2016