The Common Cold: Its Origins

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Perhaps you are among the millions of people who believe that you’re getting a cold from the cold weather. If you are, then you are not alone in your error. According to a CNN report, this sickness that impacts over a billion Americans each year is actually caused by other things. The good news is that there are various natural remedies that can help once you have been afflicted by this virus. Recent research has shown that a since supplement can reduce symptoms and may even work as a preventive measure.

Cold Lessons: 101

Rather than take major steps in an attempt to avoid any cold weather as a preventive method, consider the following facts. It’s good to stay warm for sure (especially for those most at risk like asthmatic children and the elderly) and according to Massachusetts pediatrician Dr. Peter Greenspan, a scarf wrapped around the nose and mouth can also be beneficial (to prevent an asthma attack).

Also be aware that just being in the same vicinity as someone with a cold will not render you more susceptible. It’s only if they sneeze on their hand and then come over and wipe it all over you that you will have a greater chance of being affected.

Winter Worries?

While it is the case that you can’t directly get a cold from the bad weather, on a cold day it is the case that sneeze droplets have the capacity to travel father than on a humid one. As well, transmission is facilitated during stormier weathers since people are more likely to be indoors and thus physically closer to each other. Be sure you use disinfectants around your house to the spreading of such droplets.

Cold Prevention?

Ultimately what those billion of Americans want to know is, is it possible to prevent the common cold? Firstly, always wash your hands for a good few minutes (soaping and rinsing). Secondly, a good night’s sleep goes a long way in preventing many viruses. Thirdly, to ensure others don’t catch whatever you have, try to cough into your elbow as that is a better preventive measure of spreading according to experts.

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James Fishman has been involved in the world of online magazines for more than 15 years. He helped launch Sunstone Online and continues to improve the magazine as site editor and administrator. His writing focuses primarily business and technology. To be in touch with James, feel free to contact him at james[at]sunstoneonline.com.

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