But despite the cold’s prevalence, there is still no cure for it. Colds are minor infections of the nose and throat caused by viruses, and there are over 200 virus strains that may cause them. Colds can last a week and longer, and they are more prevalent in children, the elderly and those in poor health.
Below are some common myths about the common cold.
1. Cold weather causes the common cold: Myth
Although it’s called a “cold,” the cold weather actually has nothing to do with it. It seems that you are more susceptible to the common cold when the weather is cold, but researchers have not been able to determine why. In fact, some studies found cells that fight infection actually increase when you’re out in the cold. Because colds are caused by viruses, the risk increases when you come in contact with germs that can make you sick — rhinoviruses in the case of the common cold; and influenza A and B in the case of the flu. This contact typically happens indoors, not outdoors — especially with all the closed windows, forced heat and people gathered together.
2. Getting the flu shot can make you sick: Myth
Because the flu shot contains tiny amounts of the virus that can lead to the actual flu, many people believe that it can blow up and cause a full-blown cold when administered. There is actually no evidence to support this claim. The only thing you might feel is a bit of soreness in the area you received the shot.
3. Wearing wet clothes or having wet hair in the cold can make you sick: Myth
It’s true that being in the cold while wet can cause your body temperature to drop faster, but this will not cause the common cold. In this case, you are more likely at risk for hypothermia. Remember that colds are caused by viruses, not temperature. Yes, you will likely feel colder when wet, so be sure to bundle up or avoid being wet in the cold altogether.
4. Colds are only spread through coughs and sneezes: Myth
It’s true that viruses that cause the cold are airborne, however, most colds are spread by contamination of surfaces. So, if someone who’s sick with a cold, coughs or sneezes on their hand and then touches a surface, that surface will be contaminated and the next person who touches that surface will pick up those germs. The best way to stop the spread of germs is to wash hands and disinfect surfaces.
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