#3. If I understand the question correctly, the answer is no, you can not get a cold from the virus getting onto your hands. The cold virus has to grow in the nasal passages, and it gets there by contaminated hands touching your nose or eyes (through the tear ducts to the nose) or directly through the air (someone coughs or sneezes close to you). Your hands get it directly from the infected person or through a vector (door knobs, keyboards, etc.) Other viruses can be spread orally in a similar fashion to the cold virus. Definitely keep your hands away from your face!