Did You Know?

  • The longest recorded sneezing fit lasted 978 days.
  • The highest speed at which expelled particles from a sneeze have been measured to travel is 103.6 mph (167 km/h).
  • Up to 100,000 virus particles can be spread over an area of 30 feet in just one 'atishoo'.
  • A cold isn't spread by kissing – it's the coughs and sneezes that spread the virus
  • Tears from the eye drain via a duct into the nasal cavity and when we touch our eyes with contaminated fingers we pass viruses into the nose
  • As we get older we get fewer colds because our immune system generates more antibodies each time we get a cold.
  • Similar cold viruses may be found right across the globe. They are simply transported via their host body by whatever mode of transport they are using to travel - train, plane or boat!