Tuesday, November 25, 2008

How Common is a Cold?

Flu and cold are the 'in' thing since the start of the cold season. A number of my classmates are sniffling in class; even bana-bear joined the bandwagon.

Contrary to the popular myth that flu and  cold are caused by exposure to the cold weather, they are caused by different kinds of virus. However, cold and flu are common during the cold weather or rainy season (in tropical countries like the Philippines) because when it is cold or raining outside, people tend to stay inside and be around each other, which makes them more likely to spread their germs to one another.  

The most common cold-causing cold virus also survives better when humidity is low, which is during the cold months.  Cold weather also cause the lining of our nasal passage to become drier and more vulnerable to viral infection.

"An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure" especially in these hard times.  

So, how do we protect ourselves from getting sick?  Washing our hands with soap and water is one of the simplest way especially when we've been exposed to people who have been sneezing or coughing, or when we have been out in close contact with people (public places like buses, malls, offices).   Try to avoid close and prolonged exposure to people who have colds.  Avoid close contact with them like shaking hands.     When hubby was sick for 2 weeks, I was all over kissing and hugging him but I must've a strong resistance because he did not contaminate me. 

The best prevention is to live right, eat right, get enough rest (avoid sleeping late) and exercise to strengthen the body.  

Know you not that ye are the temple of God, 
and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
1 Cor. 3:16


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