Common Cold – What is it?


The Common Cold
The common cold is a group of symptoms in the upper respiratory tract caused by almost
200 viruses. The most common perpetrator is the rhinovirus,
which causes around 40% of colds The cold enters your body through your nose
or mouth and is easily spread when touching someone of common objects..
You are more likely to catch a cold if you are excessively fatigued, have emotional distress
or have allergies with nose and throat symptoms. As you listen to this, five percent of you
are waging the war against the common cold. Up to a billion colds a year occur in the
US alone, causing about 60 million lost days of school and 50 million lost days of work.
This adds up to $25 billion in lost productivity Contrary to popular belief, Being in cold
weather does not cause the common cold. Yearly, Americans spend around $5 billion
on over the counter cold remedies. A single cold virus can have 16 million offspring
within 24 hours. The velocity of a sneeze is about as fast
as a professional baseball pitcher can throw a fast ball- about 100 miles per hour)
Over-the-counter medications can provide temporary relief of symptoms and should be used as soon
as you feel a cold coming on There are no antiviral medications available
for treating the common cold. A cold may last for about one week, but some
colds last longer, especially in children, elderly people, and those in poor health

39 thoughts on “Common Cold – What is it?

  1. Yep, the myth of the 100mph cold is about as common as the common cold in the USA.
    If you live in a metric country people will often say it's 100km/h, which just gives evidence to the fact that the number is completely arbitrary and not based on even a grain of truth.
    Common misconceptions can be painfully widespread unfortunately.

  2. The cold weather just forces people indoors, meaning they're more likely to be in contact with the germs.

  3. One thing I've heard is that frequent changing of temperatures can negatively impact the immune system, leaving you more susceptible to colds. Dunno if that's true, but it could be another reason that cold weather is associated with colds.

  4. When the Mythbusters tested the speed of sneezes, Adam and Jamie got speeds of 35 MPH and 39 MPH respectively.

  5. New look is pretty good. I actually had to re-watch the first half of the video again since I was paying too much attention to that change.

  6. I like the new look.
    It seems a lot less childish and the diagrams/drawings seem more professional.
    Another great infograph! πŸ™‚

  7. idk why but i like the older versions, it has nice and bright colors that make me happy πŸ™‚

  8. they failed to mention the actual "Symptoms" aren't actually caused by the viruses, they are caused by the immune system over-reacting to something less dangerous then it thinks.

  9. A sneeze can leave a person’s nose/mouth at 100 mph (160 km/h).
    BUSTED
    Adam and Jamie used snuff to irritate their mucous membranes and force themselves to sneeze. Droplets from Adam’s and Jamie’s sneezes traveled at 35 mph (56 km/h) and 39 mph (63 km/h), respectively.

    Mythbusters, you gotta love 'em. πŸ™‚

  10. This is by far the best organic tea I have had. When I know that a cold is coming in I take this right away. I do not put it in tea or anything. I boil this in very little water and when there is just about 4 teaspoon left thats when I drink this. Thats the only way it helps to beat my cold right away. Just 3 times a day and you see the difference. Its excellent for throat, cold, bodyache. Its natural and has no side effects. When my kids get sick they take this too.

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