Are you like me and wondering this very question?? I’m only interested because currently I have a cold and seem to be outdrinking camels everywhere. Well there is a scientific explanation … well I guess there is for most things, except why we’re addicted to reality TV.
The reason seems to be that when you cough and sneeze, your body releases fluids and your body becomes dry. Drinking plenty of fluids rebuilds your body and helps thin down the mucous. Great! That makes perfect sense.
Both the cold and the flu are respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. The cold lasts a little bit longer, usually one week.
The cold always begins with the inhalation through the nostrils of a tiny strand of the cold virus floating around somewhere, or an object. The virus starts in the nostrils. Your body then tries fighting it off by sending out mucous and making you sneeze and cough a lot. The symptoms get worse in the next 48 hours, then finally start to get better. However, it is contagious about two days before you get the common symptoms up to a few days after the symptoms go away.
So, it is contagious for almost two weeks! Yikes, maybe I really should stay home.
The best thing you can do is just hydrate and rest. So put down your laptop, take your chicken soup and get some sleep!
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