• Question: HOW MANY PEOPLE DIE FROM THE COMMON COLD EVERY YEAR?

    Asked by arthurb to Bethany, Hannah, Keith, Peter on 25 Jun 2014. This question was also asked by kungfusufire10.
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      Peter Elliott answered on 25 Jun 2014:


      It is hard to say how many people die from the common cold as some deaths will go unreported I have found a few figures though to show how deadly the common cold can be.

      Seasonal Influenza kills an estimated 500 000 people annually.
      Rhinovirus kills an estimated 4 500 deaths in the US.

      A lot of these deaths probably occur in either older people or those who suffer other medical conditions which mean they cannot cope with the virus as well.

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