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Common Cold - Upper Respiratory Infection



Signs and Symptoms

Sneezing, sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, burning and/or watery eyes, fever, chills, aches, cough and malaise may occur. One of the most common infectious disease in humans, which is an acute viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, that usually lasts 7-10 days.

Incubation Period

Incubation period is usually 12-72 hours.

Preventive Measures

Minimizing contact with people who have colds, use of Universal/Standard Precautions that include frequent hand washing, covering the mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing, and avoiding sharing towels, glasses etc.

Implications for School

Students should be excluded from school for any of the following reasons: an elevated temperature; student too ill or uncomfortable to adequately function in a classroom; excessive, productive coughing. A healthcare provider’s note is not required upon returning to school.

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