How do you catch a cold?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Ronald Turner talks about how you can catch 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: How do you catch a cold?

    Ronald Turner: Well, how you catch a cold depends a little bit on which virus you are talking about, that is causing it. So, a cold is caused by Rhinoviruses is almost always caught by direct contact with somebody who has Rhinovirus cold themselves and is transmitted by direct contact. On the other hand, colds caused by influenza for instance, which can occasionally cause a symptom complex, that is typical of a common cold, is airborne and that spreads through the air as Small Particle Aerosol. So, it varies a little bit by the type of virus, but for the most colds it is probably direct contact.