The Common Cold

2063 Words Feb 1st, 2000 9 Pages
The common cold has been plaguing humankind since the beginning of human existence. Even in these advanced times, there is no vaccine or cure.
There are many symptoms that accompany the common cold. Some of these infamous symptoms are a runny nose, caused by inflammation of the nasal tissues, resulting in over production of mucus to trap the virus, and coughing. there are two different kinds or types of coughs that are common with colds. The first, is the less common dry hacking cough, these kinds are more likely to keep you up at night and just plainly annoy you than do any thing else. The other more common type of cough is the kind whose purpose is to expel mucus and or phlegm. These help to combat the cold by helping to expel the mucus
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This same article said that kissing doesn't necessarily spread the cold virus (1-2). Laurie Tarkan says that the main way that the cold virus is spread is through touching of the nose and mouth, like the Mayo
Clinic Letter. She also stated that the reason that colds seam to flourish in the winter is that people tend to group together in schools and in homes, therefor spreading the virus throughout the population. Also more people tend to fly durring the winter. In order to keep the cabin pressurized, the airplane circulates the air, and that means that if one person has a cold and coughs then the whole plane will have a great chance to become infected. Also at higher altitudes, the air seriously dries out the nasal membrane in the nose and therefore make a person more susceptible to the virus. Because of this, experts like Laurie Tarkan suggest to drink allot of water while flying in an airplane, about eight ounces for every hour that you are on the airplane (202, The Common Cold
2). There is only one possible way to stay totally healthy during the winter. That is to be locked in a room underground and not see anyone until the cold season is over. Fortunately there are a few guidelines that you can follow to help your chances of staying well this winter. One is to wash your hands often, not compulsively but often, and also try to stay away from people who have really bad colds. If someone in your house or workplace gets or has a cold,