A recent article published in PLOS One examines the effects of physical activity and sleep on a respiratory infection and the common cold, reports Medical News Bulletin.

The common cold affects many of us throughout our lives, and the symptoms are often minor and short-lived. Hence, there is a tendency to not fully consider the health-related expenses and outcomes of this commonplace disease. Common colds, however, are the most prevalent form of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) and are also the primary reason for visits to general physicians in Nordic countries.

Moreover, studies show that colds are a major factor for missed work and decreased productivity. Although seemingly harmless, the common cold is a source of significant burden on society and should be studied thoroughly.