In fact, taking zinc lozenges at the first signs of a cold may actually lengthen the number of days that symptoms persist, the study reports.
Experts recommend three basic strategies: Wash your hands often with soap and water; avoid touching your nose, eyes or mouth with unwashed hands; and stay away from people who are sick.
Children under the age of 6 should not be given decongestants or medicines containing antihistamines for the common cold, and children under the age of 12 should be given those drugs only with considerable caution, experts say.
Scientists debunked the milk-mucus myth decades ago. Yet Dr. Ian Balfour-Lynn, a pediatric pulmonologist, continues to hear from many people — the parents of his young patients — who believe it.
The leading contender for “most infectious airport surface”: the plastic trays used at airport security checkpoints. The most common virus found in the study was rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.
The study also found that airplane cabins are not quite as efficient at spreading germs as we’ve been told in the past.
The idea that loneliness may be linked to poorer health outcomes is not new. Indeed, previous research has suggested loneliness is associated with serious health problems.
Specifically, the study found that people who get six hours or less of sleep a night are four times more likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus than people who sleep seven hours or more.