Uncover the Truth Behind the Top Myths About Common Cold

With seemingly half of our colleagues struck down with a head cold, the dreaded shivers, fevers and chills right now, there’s no doubt that the cold and flu season is in full swing.

Getting rid of these unwelcome "guests"—or avoiding them altogether—starts with knowing which commonly held beliefs are helpful, and which aren't.  Here we set the record straight and debunk the myths that have gone viral.

Myth #1

Sadly there is no vaccination or cure for the common cold 


We hate to say it, but common colds occur all year round (summer colds – how annoying!).  But there tend to be more in autumn and winter.  This might be because the pesky cold virus survives better when humidity is low – typically the colder months of the year.

Myth #2

The flu vaccine protects against colds


The flu vaccination only protects against flu. Sadly, there is no cure for the common cold (but scientists are working on it!).

Top tip:

The cold virus can be easily transmitted by touch – the viruses on your hands can easily enter through your eyes and nose so use a hand sanitizer. No water is required so you can use it anywhere, at any time.

Myth #3

On average, a person suffers from 2-4 colds a year


Adults average about two to four colds a year, although the range varies widely.  But what can you do about it?  One of the best ways to protect against a common cold is the keep your immune system healthy, which is best done by eating and sleeping well.

Myth #4

Men are more susceptible to common cold symptoms


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Women, especially those aged 20-30 years, suffer more colds than men, possibly because of their closer contact with children.

Even though our immune system learns how to deal with the virus as we get older, we still need to take preventative measures to keep it at bay, especially if another member of the family is suffering. Make sure to wipe clean all surfaces with a cleaning spray proven to kill viruses, including games consoles and mobile phones.  Did you know, games consoles have more germs than a toilet seat? Yikes!

Myth #5

Going out with wet hair causes a cold


Your granny probably told you to go outside with wet hair…at your peril.  But there’s no evidence to show it actually causes a common cold.  However, some evidence shows that being cold may cause the onset of common cold symptoms.

One thing you can do to try and stop getting a cold is wrap up warm, but don’t forget your nose! There’s some evidence that a cold nose can lower resistance to infection – so cover that scarf over your nose!

Myth #6

A blocked nose is caused by mucous


The primary cause of a stuffy nose feeling is the swelling of nasal tissues more than the actual mucous  - pleasant! 

Myth #7

Getting stressed gives you a cold


Sad to say, this is true.  Studies have shown that stress reduces your immunity – it’s down to hormones associated with stress that decrease resistance to infection.

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