Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

What causes a common cold?

Dr. Lauricella explains what causes a cold. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


A common cold is caused by a virus, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon(AAFP).

There are more than 200 types of viruses that can cause someone to get a cold, according to the AAFP.

The most common cause of cold is the rhinovirus, which leads to about 40 percent of all colds, according to Premier Physician Network physicians.

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine to prevent against a cold and there is no cure for the sickness, according to the AAFP. Once someone gets a cold, the body has to fight off the virus in order to feel better.

For more information about what causes a common cold, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

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