The Common Cold

2056 Words Jan 25th, 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
colds. If someone in your house or workplace gets
or has a cold,…

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