Are there ways I can prevent a cold?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Ronald Turner, MD of the University of Virginia explains if there are ways to prevent a cold.

    Dr. Ronald Turner

    Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.

    Host: Are there ways I can prevent a cold?

    Ronald Turner: Well, the best way you can prevent a cold is by maintaining good hand washing and eliminating contact with the virus. So, avoiding contact with infected children if you can do that will minimize your risk of getting a cold. Keeping good hand washing or using either soap and water or the hand sanitizers to kill virus on your hands before you can inoculate yourself and acquire the cold will help prevent colds, but that is that all you can do.