‘Tis the Season for Sneezing

“If you go to a doctor to treat your cold, it will go away in fourteen days; but, if you stay at  home
and treat it yourself, it will go away in two weeks.”

Well, when it comes to the cold-and-flu season, winter has nothing to do with it and winter has everything to do with it.  Let me explain.  On the one hand, the chill in the air doesn’t cause us to get the bug, viruses do.  So the old adage, “Bundle up or you’ll catch a cold.” isn’t true.  On the other hand, the chill in the air does cause us to cluster inside seeking warmth, and this annual  hibernation becomes a breeding ground for viruses to spread – resulting in the bug being passed from one person to the other.  For instance – Humidity is lethal to viruses, but we like the  air inside to be dry.  Sunlight is deadly to viruses, but we prefer the warm light of the fireplace.  Isolation stops viruses in their tracks, but we are huddled together in close quarters.  So unless you are going to spend your winter as a hermit, staying outside all day to get the ultra-violet rays and staying inside all night with a vaporizer, the virus is going to get you.

But there is one piece of good news among all the sniffling and sneezing of the season – you can’t catch the bug from kissing (the points of entry for the cold-and-flu virus being the fluid of the nose and eyes, not the saliva in the mouth).  One microbiologist put it this way, “It is safer to kiss someone with a cold than it is to shake their hand.”  So sniffling doesn’t mean you can’t snuggle, but if that person is about to sneeze, then run for your life!
Sneezing-Season Statistics

● Each year there are more than 1,000,000,000 (one billion) cases of the common cold in North America.

● During a normal lifetime, each individual will get 200 colds, each lasting on average about nine days in length.

● In life, you’ll spend a staggering total of five years with congestion, coughing, headaches, and sore throats.

● Children catch far more colds than adults because those younger  have not developed as many antibodies.

● Green mucous isn’t bacterial infection, but shows that the immune system is working.  The greener the better.

● When it comes to the cold-and-flu virus, you are most contagious the two days before you show any signs.

● There are currently 200 different kinds of cold-and-flu viruses.  You will likely get them all in your lifetime.