Statistics about Common cold


About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Common cold. The term 'prevalence' of Common cold usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Common cold at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Common cold refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Common cold diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Common cold: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Common cold)
  Incidence (annual) of Common cold: 62 million cases (NIAID); 23.6 per 100 (NHIS96); estimated 1 billion colds in the USA annually; Children get 6-10 yearly, adults 2-4 yearly; over 60's less than 1 a year.
  Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 4 or 22.79% or 62 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Common cold: In the course of a year, individuals in the United States suffer 1 billion colds, according to some estimates. 1
  Incidence statistics about Common cold: The following statistics relate to the incidence of Common cold:
  • 66 million cases in USA 1994 (US Government Statistics)
  • Nearly half of cases occurs in those under 17 years of age in USA 1994 (US Government Statistics)

Society statistics for Common cold
  Costs for Common cold: The economic impact of the common cold is enormous. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) estimates that, in 1996, 62 million cases of the common cold in the United States required medical attention or resulted in restricted activity. In 1996, colds caused 45 million days of restricted activity and 22 million days lost from school, according to NCHS. 1
  Cost statistics for Common cold: The following are statistics from various sources about costs and Common cold:
  • Causes 20 million lost school days in USA 1994 (US Government Statistics)
  • Causes 24 million bed days in USA 1994 (US Government Statistics)
  • 68% of sufferers under 5 receive medical attention in USA 1994 (US Government Statistics)

1. excerpt from The Common Cold, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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