Interventions to prevent transmission of the common cold

Marie Van Driel, Chris B Del Mar

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommon cold
EditorsRonald Eccles, Olaf Weber
Place of PublicationBasel
PublisherBirkhauser Verlag Basel
Pages211-219
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783764399122
ISBN (Print)9783764398941
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Name Birkhäuser Advances in Infectious Diseases

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Common Cold
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Quarantine
Hand Disinfection
Masks
Aerosols
Immunization
Vaccination
Epidemiology
Therapeutics

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Van Driel, M., & Del Mar, C. B. (2009). Interventions to prevent transmission of the common cold. In R. Eccles, & O. Weber (Eds.), Common cold (pp. 211-219). ( Birkhäuser Advances in Infectious Diseases). Basel: Birkhauser Verlag Basel. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-7643-9912-2_9
Van Driel, Marie ; Del Mar, Chris B. / Interventions to prevent transmission of the common cold. Common cold. editor / Ronald Eccles ; Olaf Weber. Basel : Birkhauser Verlag Basel, 2009. pp. 211-219 ( Birkhäuser Advances in Infectious Diseases).
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Van Driel, M & Del Mar, CB 2009, Interventions to prevent transmission of the common cold. in R Eccles & O Weber (eds), Common cold. Birkhäuser Advances in Infectious Diseases, Birkhauser Verlag Basel, Basel, pp. 211-219. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-7643-9912-2_9

Interventions to prevent transmission of the common cold. / Van Driel, Marie; Del Mar, Chris B.

Common cold. ed. / Ronald Eccles; Olaf Weber. Basel : Birkhauser Verlag Basel, 2009. p. 211-219 ( Birkhäuser Advances in Infectious Diseases).

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Van Driel M, Del Mar CB. Interventions to prevent transmission of the common cold. In Eccles R, Weber O, editors, Common cold. Basel: Birkhauser Verlag Basel. 2009. p. 211-219. ( Birkhäuser Advances in Infectious Diseases). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-7643-9912-2_9