Common Cold pp 211-219 | Cite as

Interventions to prevent transmission of the common cold

  • Mieke van Driel
  • Chris Del Mar
Part of the Birkhäuser Advances in Infectious Diseases book series (BAID)


Theoretically, there are several ways of preventing the common cold: quarantine, immunisation (or vaccination); early treatment of effected individuals; or physical barriers to reduce transmission. All these methods can be dismissed after considering the epidemiology of the common cold, apart from the last. Evidence for effectiveness for physical barriers (which include masks to reduce aerosol transmission; handwashing; and gloves and gowns) come from a variety of empirical studies. The chance of bias for these studies is variable, but we can conclude that all of these barrier methods have important potential for preventing transmission of the common cold, although some methods will not be acceptable to the community currently.


Respiratory Syncytial Virus Common Cold Respiratory Virus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome School Closure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mieke van Driel
    • 1
  • Chris Del Mar
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Health Sciences and MedicineBond UniversityGold CoastAustralia

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