Separating Truth From Fiction
Colds are resilient, but generally not too threatening. Most people will deal with the hallmark runny nose and nagging cough from time to time, and while there’s no cure for the virus, it usually loosens its grip in a week or two.
However, the common cold has spawned a wealth of stories, home-brewed remedies, and myths parading as facts that can interfere with your treatment and recovery. Do you count on natural supplements, or simply stay inside on cold, damp days to reduce your risk? Will you keep the virus to yourself by covering your mouth when you cough?
The best treatment and prevention plan isn’t always clear, but there is a way to get through the season in good health. Arm yourself with sound facts and toss aside these myths that could actually be leaving you and your family more susceptible to colds.
1. You're More Likely to Catch a Cold in Cold Weather
There seems to be a dramatic increase in the amount of viruses come winter, but if that’s the case, cold temperatures are certainly not to blame. In fact, the cold temperature appears to ignite your natural immune response, leaving your body better prepared to fight off any potential viral invaders.
The real reason behind the spike in cold viruses during cold weather? People tend to stay inside far more often, which means they’re in closer proximity to each other when there’s sneezing and coughing going on. When you’re inside, you’re also closer to surfaces and air that can easily harbor viruses and bacteria.
ResourcesThe Washington Post (Five myths about the common cold)Huffington Post (New Video Busts 4 Common Myths About Catching Cold in Cold Weather)Parents.com (12 Cold and Flu Myths)
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