Woman's Day offers these stats on colds and flu.

  • 200 plus cold viruses exist
  • 3 to 8 colds is the average number a child will get in a year
  • 93mph is the rate at which air particles travel out of your nose and mouth when you sneeze
  • 3 feet is the distance droplets can travel from a cough or sneeze
  • 5 minutes is the time germs can live on hands
  • 1 to 2 days is how long cold germs can live on hard surfaces like doorknobs pens, and phones
  • 8 to 12 hours is how long a cold virus remains on cloth, tissue and paper
  • 30 seconds is how long you should scrub your hands to kill germs


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