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How do colds spread and how are they treated?

We at JanCare take great pride in the service that our professional nurses provide to our clients. Our nurses are hardworking and make sure that our clients are as healthy as possible, attending to each of their unique needs. On the other hand, there are also certain things that are not unique and can affect everyone, such as the colds during the winter. Because of this, we wanted to take some time to talk about how colds spread and how to treat them here on the blog.

It’s extremely common to get a cold around this time of year, however, people don’t seem to know a lot about them because of a bunch of myths that have been cited over the years. Dr. Deborah Burton, who runs her own blog at Dr. Momma Says, wrote a fantastic post in which she chronicles 12 different popular common cold myths. These are ones that you may have heard from your friends and family, but ultimately, they’re verified to be untrue by actual doctors such as herself.

One of the most infamous examples cited in the post is not wearing a coat or hat. Supposedly, the myth states that if you are cold, you will catch a cold. However, this is not true because feeling cold and catching a cold are completely different things. The reason why this myth is so prevalent is because people get sick more often around winter time, but this is due to the fact that there are more viruses now compared to other seasons. Not only that, but we tend to remain indoors during this time, which makes spreading colds to others much easier.

 

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Another interesting myth states that taking a high dose of vitamin C can treat a cold. While it’s true that vitamin C can lower the chance of getting a cold if you eat healthy every day, just having vitamin C supplements during the winter will not have any effect because your immune system needs time to catch up. Instead of making sure you have enough vitamin C during the winter, make sure you have enough vitamin C all year long!

If you want to read more about common cold myths, we highly recommend you check out the original post here. It’s a funny, informative post that gives insight into the reality of how colds work.

So, how do colds actually spread? Usually, it’s through direct contact. An obvious example of this would be shaking hands with someone who has the cold, but this also includes touching anything that person interacts with. If they touch things like furniture or a door knob and you come into contact with it, there’s a good chance you will get infected. This is because viruses can live on any object for hours after an infected person interacts with it. You can also inhale mucus particles that contain the virus after someone coughs or sneezes.

Most colds can be healed over time through resting and drinking fluids. However, if you’re cold is developing more serious symptoms than a typical cold, it’s highly recommended that you seek help from a doctor so they can get you on the road to recovery. If you have any questions about colds, feel free to ask any of the nurses at JanCare and we’d be happy to assist you!

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