If the mainstream media couldn’t spread gloom and doom, they’d be lost. It’s, by far, the most used tool in their dusty old box of tricks.
In fact, they’re doing it again, right now. This time with ominous reports of a circulating “super cold,” we all need to be on guard against.
But the truth is you don’t have to panic-buy tissues and VapoRub. And you don’t have to hunker down and hide inside, either.
Because as you’ll see in a moment, there’s nothing super about this so-called SUPER COLD.
Instead, it’s yet another transparent attempt to create a boogeyman out of thin air to keep viewers tuned in or clicking on the stories. So let me give you the scoop on what’s really going on here.
Plus, I’ll provide some practical tips on how to avoid EVERY form of the common cold.
There’s nothing SUPER about this winter’s cold
Let’s be honest, as far as nicknames go, “super cold” isn’t even all that creative. It sounds like the title of a cut-rate horror movie that skipped the theaters and went straight to video.
Now, a new report takes the “super” out of the equation altogether. Because while infectious disease experts say there is a cold going around right now. It’s simply a run-of-the-mill seasonal virus.
Fun? Heck, no. Miserable? It certainly can be. Worth avoiding? Of course. But this ordinary cold is nothing to fear or hide from.
The new report finds two things happening at once…
First, a year or more of lockdowns mixed with careful behavior and masks have left us all exposed to fewer germs.
- On the one hand, some folks have had the healthiest year of their lives as a result.
- On the other, it’s caused our immune system’s response to some common bugs to wane a little.
In fact, I warned you back in July about this very issue.
Second, we’re simply out of practice. Because the pandemic has made us hyper-aware of how viruses spread, we’ve had record low cold and flu activity over the past year. And staying so healthy has literally made us forget what it’s like to be sick.
It feels worse than we remember, so it’s easy to buy into the notion of a “super” cold.
Battling common seasonal viruses
But now that we’re spending more time out and about and with other folks, you can protect yourself from the common cold with some basic steps.
First, beware of surfaces. We all eased up on the hand sanitizer and washing the mail when we learned the coronavirus was airborne and not easily spread via surfaces.
But the common cold and other winter infections CAN spread from surfaces. So watch what you touch and wash your hands often (especially before eating).
And check out these 8 surprisingly simple ways to prevent cold and flu for more tips.
Second, arm your immune system with essential nutrients – including vitamins C and D and omega 3 – as well as good sleep.
And third, if you get sick, you can shorten the cold and lighten the sting with the help of zinc lozenges. One recent study found zinc can shorten your cold by two days. And that can feel like a lifetime when you’re battling an uncomfortable cold.
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