True or False: Debunking Myths about the Flu & Common Cold

Pharmacy

Does chicken soup actually make you feel better? Will Vitamin C help you get over a cold? Read on to find answers to some of the most common questions about cold and flu season.

True or False: You don’t need to wash your hands if you use hand sanitizer.

False. Scientists agree hand sanitizers are effective at killing germs (especially when they contain at least 60% alcohol) but there is no substitute for a good old fashioned hand washing. Certain bacteria like the norovirus can survive even the highest alcohol content, so make sure you are getting your fair share of soap and warm water along with the sanitizer.

True or False: Time is the best healer.

True. While some people load up on antibiotics and Vitamin C, the best way to fight a cold or flu is to rest and let Father Time work his magic. Over-the-counter medicines like aspirin and decongestants can help ease your symptoms, but your immune system is what will ultimately get you back to 100%. Kick your feet up, grab a blanket and stay hydrated to give it all the help it can get.

True or False: You can catch a cold from chilly weather.

False. Many people assume the cold makes us sick because flu and cold season peaks during the winter, but the temp outside has no impact. Cold weather makes us sick because people stay inside more and spread viruses through close contact. So don’t worry about leaving the house fresh out of the shower–as long as you don’t mind frozen hair.

True or False: Chicken soup can help you beat the cold or flu.

True. Looks like Grandma really does know best. While it isn’t the miracle cure, chicken soup can soothe a sore throat and give you some much-needed fluids. A study from the University of Nebraska shows that chicken soup contains anti-inflammatory substances that fight upper respiratory sicknesses. Chicken soup is also very effective at helping the body clear mucus and tastes pretty good too.

True or False: If I don’t have a flu shot by now, there’s no point getting one.

False! Now that we’re in the midst of the 2018-2019 flu season, the unvaccinated among us may wonder if it's too late to get a flu shot. The answer is no! The CDC says "As long as flu viruses are spreading, it’s not too late to get a vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones." But hurry–there isn’t much time to waste. The shot takes about 10 days to start working, so the sooner you get to your local Lewis Pharmacy the better.

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