Cold Season

Cold season started already! I have been dealing with a cold for two weeks. Two weeks! Aaargh!
I decided to do a little research about colds and flus and found out a couple of interesting tidbits that I didn't know:

  • A cold doesn't usually progress into something worse like pneumonia. (As miserable as I have been, this was nice to know!)

  • There are over 200 viruses that can cause a cold, but "rhinovirus" is the most common.

  • People with colds are more likely to have 'nasal symptoms' like a runny or stuffy nose than those people with a flu.

  • And this little bit of information surprised me - A healthy adult can infect other people with the flu for 24 hours before they ever start to show any symptoms! (I bet the flu gets passed around a lot because of this! People might avoid their significant other when they are in the midst of a flu, but the day before they start sneezing and hacking, well....)

  • Also, someone with the flu can spread it around for as much as 5-7 days. That's a long time to be contagious! And a lot of people probably feel a little better, or start to get upset with staying at home after a couple of days of the flu and decide to go back to work or school, never knowing they are still spreading the bug around.
For more information about colds and flu, visit - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (The CDC)

Hope you have a wonderful and healthy week!

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