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You’ll Catch Your Death of Cold

This old English expression mean you will catch a bad cold if you go out in cold weather. Of course, we all know you can’t catch a cold from cold temperatures or, do we?
Despite years of trying to teach the general public that a cold cannot be contracted by chilly temperatures there are still many people unwilling to accept that fact. Here are some other interesting facts about the common cold.
1) There are more than 200 viruses that can trigger a runny nose, sore throat and coughing. The most common is the human rhinovirus (HRV), which cause up to 40 percent of all colds.
2) A vaccine or cure for the common cold cannot be made because there are 100 known serotypes of the human rhinovirus.
3) Antibiotics cannot cure a cold. Antibiotics work against bacteria, while colds are viral.
4) The saying, “Feed a cold and starve a fever (or vice versa)” is poor advice. When you have a cold or fever it is important to eat to boost the immune system and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
5) When someone coughs or sneezes, they expel virus carrying droplets. The droplets from a sneeze can travel up to six feet away.
6) When you sneeze you release 100,000 germs into the air.
7) A person’s breath can travel 4.5 feet per second, and droplets from a sneeze can travel about 100 miles per hour.
8) A single cold virus can have 16 million offspring within 24 hours.
9) Vitamin-C taken on a daily basis does not prevent contracting a cold. But it may reduce the duration of a cold.
10) Even though you may have heard your dog or cat sneeze, they don’t have a cold. Only humans and apes get colds.
11) Most adults will get 2 – 4 colds a year while children can catch 6 – 10 each year.
12) The best way to avoid getting a cold is to wash your hands a lot with soap and water. And, stand at least 6 feet away from someone who has a cold!

Written for a medical blog
March 2019