Fact or fiction: Truth about the common cold with Dr. Ryan Shelton


>>>LEAVING THE HOUSE WITH WET HAIR CAN CAUSE YOU TO CATCH A COLD? >>FICTION. PEOPLE COUGHING OR SNEEZING, IT’S SPREAD THROUGH THE AIR. OR IF IT’S ON SURFACES. VIRUSES AND GERMS CAN LIVE FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON DIFFERENT SURFACES. SO YOU NEED TO BE WIPING THINGS DOWN. THE TEMPERATURE REALLY DOESN’T MATTER. >>Reporter: KIDS TEND TO HAVE MORE COLDS PER YEAR THAN ADULTS? >>FACT. AND WE THINK THAT’S BECAUSE THEY ARE IN CLOSE QUARTERS. SO THEY’RE IN DAY CARE. THEY’RE, YOU KNOW, IN SCHOOL, AND SMALLER SPACES. SO THEY ARE BREATHING EACH OTHER’S GERMS MORE EASILY. THEY’RE ALSO NOT THE BEST AT HAND WASHING, COUGHING INTO OUR SLEEVES, SNEEZING INTO YOUR SLEEVE, TRYING TO MINIMIZE THE SPREAD OF GERMS. >>Reporter: COLDS TEND TO LAST THROW TO FIVE DAYS? >>FICTION. I WISH. THEY USED TO, BUT NOW IT SEEMS THAT COLDS FOR SURE ARE SEVEN TO STEP DAYS. IT ACTUALLY SEEMS LIKE TO ME, IT MIGHT BE A BIT LONGER. SYMPTOMS WILL LINGER. USUALLY THEY ARE STEADILY GETTING BETTER AND NOT WORSE, NOT SPIKING A FEVER TOWARD THE END, YOU’RE FINE. IT’S JUST A VIRUS RUNNING ITS COURSE. IT DOES SEEM TO TAKE A LOT LONGER THAN WE’D LIKE. >>Reporter: I KNOW YOU’VE HEARD IT MANY TIMES BEFORE, BUT EXPERTS SAY THE BEST WAY TO KEEP FROM

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