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The “common cold” can be serious for seniors
Despite popular belief, cold weather does not cause the common cold. It is caused by more than 200 different viruses transmitted in secretions of the upper respiratory system. What seems to be a common cold can become serious quickly for seniors, especially if they have other existing health issues.
When someone who is infected sneezes they are transmitting saliva and mucus containing viral particles, and since people spend more time indoors during cold weather, viruses are more readily transmitted.
Here is how to help avoid infections that cause the common cold and other viruses, including COVID, flu, and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus):
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