Catching a cold really stinks. It’s not as bad as getting the flu, but once a cold has a hold on you, you may be in for anywhere from five days to two weeks of sniffling, coughing, congestion and general misery.
Dealing with a cold now is manageable, although unpleasant. But if you catch a cold during a survival situation, it will be even worse. We need to stay as strong and healthy as possible during an emergency in order to survive it.
Here’s a true-false quiz regarding colds. The answers are near the bottom.
- Washing your hands regularly can help you avoid a cold.
- Staying inside in the winter will help you avoid a cold.
- Taking antibiotics will help you avoid a cold.
- Disinfecting countertops, work surfaces and doorknobs can help you avoid a cold.
- Keeping your head dry will help you prevent a cold.
- Taking Vitamin C will help you avoid a cold.
- Drinking green tea with lemon and honey could lessen the duration of a cold.
- You can only catch a cold in the winter.
- True. Clean hands slow down the transmission of the cold virus.
- False. Being in an enclosed space increases your chances of getting a cold.
- False. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections. Colds are caused by viruses.
- True. Viruses can live on those surfaces, while disinfectants can kill them.
- False. A wet head might make you feel colder, but it won’t give you a cold.
- False. Vitamin C and zinc might shorten the duration of your cold, but won’t prevent it.
- True. It helps hair follicles in the nose drain germs out. And it thins out mucus.
- False. Colds occur more in spring and fall. Some viruses lie dormant in the winter.
There are more myths than facts when it comes to catching a cold. Stick with the facts to help prevent this unwelcome visitor now, and especially during a crisis.