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The weirdest cold and flu myths

There are many popular beliefs and many myths related to both the flu and the cold that are actually false or very wrong. We reveal the most curious.

Did you know that you can get a cold in both summer and winter? In fact, we could almost say that we can all catch a cold, flu and flu practically all year round. We just need an organism to ‘infect’, a virus that infects it and weakened defenses. Once these three issues come into contact, everything is done. However, it is true that in winter more cases tend to occur fundamentally for several reasons: the combination of cold and low humidity, we tend to spend more time at home and in closed spaces, it is more common for our nostrils to dry up more easily so it makes them more susceptible to viruses…

But in summer it is also possible to catch a cold. For example, it is enough to sweat a little in the street as a result of the high temperatures and the sun, and to enter a store or a house with strong air conditioning. The sudden change in temperature will negatively influence our defenses, making us much more susceptible to the spread of viruses that cause colds or flu.

However, although we already know that we can get sick with flu and cold in winter and summer, even today there are many myths that surround both diseases and that although we think they are true, they are actually completely false. We reveal some of the most curious.

Vitamin C prevents or cures cold and flu

How many times have we heard that we should drink a lot of orange juice in the fall and winter so as not to catch a cold or flu? However, this is an erroneous belief, since until now no scientific evidence has been found that has shown that an extra supply of vitamin C is useful for preventing colds.

Furthermore, it has also not been found to cure colds or the flu. However, we must bear in mind that following a varied and balanced diet is the best way to provide our body with essential nutrients that are useful for improving our health and increasing our defenses, which will be useful in reducing cases of colds.

Cold causes colds

Indeed, it is often thought that the cold in winter is the main cause of us getting a cold or flu. However, it is a complete mistake, since the cold is not the cause of colds, but the viruses that are transmitted from one person to another, which travel especially by air from the small droplets originated by infected people. When coughing, talking or sneezing.

The reason why cases of colds and flu increase in winter is not because of the cold itself, but because of a combination of factors: low temperatures that can weaken our defenses, we tend to spend more time at home and in closed spaces, our nostrils tend to dry out more easily…

Medications help cure cold or flu

It is often thought that taking medication is helpful in helping us cure colds. But it’s a complete mistake, since colds and flu actually go away on their own in about 3-7 days.

Of course, medications can be useful when it comes to relieving the most annoying symptoms. However, they should only have been prescribed by a medical specialist.

Antibiotics are useful against flu and colds

It is often thought that, in addition to medicines such as antitussives or antifoul are useful to cure colds; antibiotics are also good for treating colds or flu. But no, antibiotics are only useful against bacteria.

If we take into account that colds and flu are caused by viruses, it is a complete mistake to take antibiotics for these diseases, since uncontrolled and indiscriminate use can pose a risk to our health, because it helps bacteria to generate resistance.


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