16 Cold and Flu Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Stop spreading germ…and rumors


It’s easy to be misinformed about the causes of the influenza – the flu as it’s better known – and the cold (or the difference between them) with so many “wisdom gems” and friends’ advice out there. There is a good chance some of the information you have may be wrong.[slideshow:98538]

The cold is called “common” for a reason. Approximately 22 million school days are lost each year in the U.S. due to the illness, according to the CDC, and about 100 different viruses can cause it.

Both cold and flu are contagious viral infections of the respiratory tract that make you cough and give you headaches. But congestion, sore throat, and sneezing are associated with colds, while the flu brings high fever for possibly days, tiredness, as your body feels weak and physically may hurt.

Washing your hands with warm water and soap is the best way to prevent catching either illness, and it doesn’t matter what kind of soap you use, according to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, be mindful of how often you use the same soap. Residue-producing antibacterial soap may kill normal healthy bacteria on the skin which opens the door for resistant bacteria. They make antibiotics less effective.

Avoiding the common or seasonal viral infections starts with setting the record about the facts and myths related to the cold or flu straight.

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