Common Cold- Upper Respiratory Infection
Sneezing, sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, burning and/or watery eyes, fever, chills, aches, cough and malaise may occur. Most common infectious disease, which is an acute viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, and usually lasts 5 to 7 days.
Incubation period is usually 1-5 days.
Minimizing contact with people who have colds, use of Universal/Standard Precautions that include frequent hand washing, covering the mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing, and avoiding sharing towels, glasses etc.
Students should be excluded from school for any of the following reasons: an elevated temperature; student too ill or uncomfortable to adequately function in a classroom; excessive, productive coughing. A healthcare provider’s note is not required upon returning to school.