January 2002
World Almanac for Kids;2002, p97
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A cold is the most common illness people get. Schoolchildren often catch colds from one another. Many people falsely believe that in low temperatures, you can catch a cold by going outside without a coat. Colds are caused by viruses, and not cold weather. Washing your hands is a good way to avoid catching many viruses. Vitamins and medicines cannot cure colds. While some vitamins and medicines may make you feel better for a while, there is no cure for the cold.


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