Last week my wife caught a common cold. Yesterday, I got it. Usually, common colds cause sniffles, sore throats and general feelings of misery. They tend to go, in their own good time, after a few days. My worst effect is my throat which makes drinking even harder. You may recall my stroke last year still makes drinks hard work. Food usually is not an issue these days.
See http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Cold-common/Pages/Introduction.aspx .
UPDATE 18.11.14: cold has nearly gone now.