If you think there’s no way to avoid at least one cold or the flu this season, think again. Doctors say there are ways you and your loved ones can dodge these wintertime viruses that make you sick.
First, it’s important to understand the way these upper respiratory infections are spread. Despite what your mother always said (and you may still want to believe), you can’t catch a cold by sitting in a draft, going out with wet hair, or not wearing a hat. Colds and flu are transmitted when the viruses that cause them enter the body through the mouth, nose, and eyes.
“Flu viruses tend to spread via tiny droplets of moisture that are released into the air when you cough or sneeze,” explains Dominick Iacuzio, an influenza program officer at the National Institutes Of Health. While a cold can be spread that way, too, he says, it’s more likely to be transmitted through (more…)