The cold myth

I don’t like blowdrying my hair. It’s short enough that I can let it air dry and it still looks okay. But a wet head in this weather means a frozen head. I could wear a hat but that would guarantee a bad hair day.

My mother would kick me if she knew I was going in frigid temperatures with a damp head. You’ll catch your death! She freaks out just knowing I have to venture outside to walk the two minutes from the subway to my apartment.

But it’s a myth one can catch a cold by being cold. According to WebMD,

The only way to catch a cold is by being exposed to a cold virus. Cold air may irritate an existing condition, such as asthma, which would weaken your immunity. This could make your body more receptive to a cold virus, but only if you come in contact with it. If you’ve caught a cold after getting chilled, it’s only coincidence.

See, Mom! Also, you’ll note cold virus, not cold bacteria, hence also lay off the antibiotics unless your doctor says so.

I remembering reading that the best way to catch a cold is to touch a surface that a sick someone has touched, and then rub your eyes, nose, or mouth. So after riding the subway, using a public restroom, or being anywhere outside of your apartment, wash your hands. Or better yet, try not to touch your face at all.

I’ve heard other ways to stave off illness is by getting enough sleep and exercise, and taking plenty of vitamin C. And if you’re sick? Stay home! The rest of don’t want your germy germs.

2 Comments so far

  1. wyn (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 1:27 am

    Too bad that fact won’t budge my mum. Coincidences are enough to convince her and her way of not relenting are these two words in Chinese that are untranslate-able but I’ll try: “You might be right, but you should do what I tell you anyways!”


  2. Laiya (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 11:26 am

    Whenever I’m in the States (that’s what we Canadians like to call you guys down there), I try to find a pharmacy to stock up on some Aireborne. I saw this product on Oprah and I’ve been buying it ever since. It’s probably only a placebo effect but I’ll try anything when I’m desperate!



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