Some myths and facts about the flu and colds

The season of cold and flu has begun. During the autumn and winter you will often hear the sound of coughing and sneezing, and you are also likely to get sick or get tired of the symptoms of the flu. In such circumstances, you will surely receive lots of advice from different people, so it’s good to know the most widespread myths and facts about the flu and colds. According to experts, getting out without enough clothing does not affect the chances of getting cold or catching the flu.


  • Vitamin C will protect you from colds (Myths / Facts) – Accepting vitamin C is not effective against colds. But getting enough vitamin C before the onset of symptoms will shorten the duration of the symptoms.


  • If you go out on the cold with wet hair, with no hood or insufficiently dressed and if you’re cold, then there’s a great chance to get cold (Myths / Facts) – Here our mothers have made a mistake. Although this is a controversial topic, most experts believe that getting out of the cold without enough clothing does not affect the chances of getting or catching the flu. The only way to get sick from a cold or flu is to “get” a virus. However, this in no way means that it is okay to come out with wet hair on the cold or inadequate clothing. Most experts agree that the reason for the existence of this myth is that cases of flu and cold are most common in autumn and winter, i.e. when it’s cold. They argue that the greater spread of viruses is due to the fact that people spend most of their time indoors and have closer contact with each other, and not at low temperatures.


  • The occurrence of a common cold or flu is a sign of weak immunity (Myths / Facts) – Even if you are perfectly healthy and have strong immunity, you can become a victim of viruses and get sick. However, strong immunity will help you cope with colds more easily. Studies have shown that poor immunity, and even stress, contributes to worsening of symptoms.


  • Antibiotics will help you to overcome the flu or colds (Myths / Facts) – Antibiotics fight bacterial infections. Flu and colds are not caused by bacteria but by viruses. It is logical to argue that antibiotics do not help in the fight against flu and colds. But the practice of drinking antibiotics is common, even with common cold and weak flu symptoms, which is completely wrong. However, the flu weakens the body, so complications can occur and bacterial infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia develop. Some people want premature antibiotics to prevent the onset of complications. But premature admission of antibiotics is not a correct prevention. If you receive antibiotics unnecessarily and really get a bacterial infection, it may become antibiotic-resistant.


  • You can spread the cold or flu without any symptoms (Myths / Facts) – According to Harvard research, even 20-30% of people who have influenza virus do not show any symptoms. This means that you can freely spread the virus unknowingly.


  • The flu vaccine can cause flu (Myths / Facts) – All experts agree that it is impossible for the influenza vaccine to cause influenza because it does not contain live viruses. People often interfere with the side effects of a vaccine with influenza symptoms, and this is one of the most widespread myths about the flu. After receiving the vaccine, there may be pain in the arm or elevated temperature, symptoms that can be attributed to the occurrence of influenza, but in fact the side effects of the vaccine.


  • Chicken soup will help you to heal (Myths / Facts) -You do not have to skip the chicken soup when you’re sick. It will definitely help you get warm, feel better, and relieve your symptoms like a stuffy nose, and the liquid will help you avoid dehydration. Some studies have shown that chicken soup has an anti-inflammatory effect, but most experts believe that the biggest benefit of the soup is that it is consumed hot.


  • You should never do exercises when you have cold (Myths / Facts) – Indeed, you need to rest when you are ill, but little physical activity will not hurt you at all. On the contrary, it will help you feel better. If you exercise regular physical activity, when you are in the right you can continue to exercise. But if you have not been active for a long time, it is better to postpone exercise while the symptoms of a cold do not disappear. Exercise strengthens immunity and can help the body fight the cold. However, when you have a cold shouldn’t exercise intensely. The body already spends a lot of energy to fight the cold, so you do not have to overcome it. It’s good to know that some drugs speed up the rhythm of the heart. Therefore, it is likely that you will get tired much more quickly than usual.

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