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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you shouldn't be surprised if your kid catches a cold after returning to school. The warning comes after the CDC studied data from around the time Hong Kong opened its schools. They found cases of the common cold skyrocketed when schools re-opened there back in October - despite the use of masks.

So how could people be catching a cold when we're social distancing, wearing masks, and washing our hands? One thing the researchers pointed out is the cold virus is actually more resistant to some of the common disinfectants used to kill the coronavirus. The research also suggests that the spikes in cold cases they've observed could also be due to kids spending more time at home away from others and away from germs.

It's important to know the difference between COVID-19 and the common cold below you'll see symptoms of each published by medicalnewstoday.com: 

COLD SYMPTOMS

  • a runny or stuffy nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • reduced sense of smell or taste
  • cough
  • tiredness

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

  • fever
  • shortness of breath
  • dry cough
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • nausea
  • diarrhea

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.