As the season for catching colds approaches, it's time to take even more care to prevent the spread of germs and minimize contact with people already sick. However, since the emergence of COVID-19, this year's season may appear a bit different.

For almost two years, we've been routinely wearing masks, preventing the majority of typical common cold transference. However, this could change in the coming season. With the vaccine readily available, the implications of scaled-back mask mandates will undoubtedly continue into the winter months, and since you may have forgotten what it's like to have a cold, let's take a look.

An unprecedented low

Colds have been around for thousands of years, likely even before human recordings of it. Millions of Americans experience them every year, averaging two or three bouts for adults and four or more for children.

"The common cold is caused by an estimated 200 different viruses, most of which are rhinoviruses," said Kristine N. Dye, Ph.D., an assistant professor from Stetson University. "Others include coronaviruses, respiratory syncytial viruses