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Colds and flu

Updated 06 March 2019

How common are colds?

Colds can occur during any season and can affect anyone.

Colds can occur during any season and can affect anyone.

Children get colds far more often than adults do. This may be due to the fact that they touch their faces and noses after touching other objects a great deal.

They also haven't been exposed to as many viruses and haven’t had time to build up the kind of immunity that adults have.

Reviewed by Cape Town-based general practitioner, Dr Dalia Hack. March 2019.

Read more:

- How are colds diagnosed?

- What is a cold?

 

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
She has additional training in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) as well as biostatistics and epidemiology.

Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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