2. Transmission

Different methods can transmit the common cold:

  • Airborne droplets, or aerosols, can carry the virus from person to person when someone with the virus talks, sneezes, or coughs.
  • People can contract a cold by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth after having physical contact with a sick person.
  • Handling of fomites, objects that can carry the virus such as utensils, towels, or toys, can also lead to contraction of a cold.

Rhinovirus can survive for over 18 hours in these environments and remain infectious.

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