Common colds are the main reason for children to miss school and adults to miss work. On average, adults have 2-3 colds per year, while children have five or more. Most people get colds in the winter and spring, but it is possible to catch a cold at any time of the year.
The flu, which is caused by influenza viruses, also spreads and causes illness around the same time as the common cold and, in some cases, can cause very serious complications.
This month we take a closer look at the differences between cold and flu, highlighting the symptoms and how to alleviate them, exploring the main causes and providing some information on how to avoid catching a cold.