Common Cold (many different viruses)

Symptoms

Acute Respiratory signs; including watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, coughing, and a general feeling of illness.

Incubation Period

12 hours- 3 days

Mode of Transmission & Communicability

The virus is spread directly by droplets from coughing and sneezing and indirectly through hands or objects contaminated with nose or throat discharges of infected persons.  Communicable 24 hours before the onset of symptoms and for 5 days after nasal involvement.

School Action

1. No restriction unless the child has a fever or is not able to participate in regular school activities.

2. If the child has a fever, exclude from school until 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal and the child is able to participate in regular school activities.