left in the cold
i thought i’m done with the cold but it looks like it’s making a comeback. i feel my throat is getting itchy again. i guess this on and off fling with the cold virus should be expected as we’re still in the midst of winter.i’ve been trying my best to avoid getting a cold again.
i follow the recommended suggestions like washing my hands often, drinking plenty of fluids, keeping myself warm, and not picking my nose even if nobody’s looking. but cold is so highly contagious that there’s no foolproof method of avoiding the infection. a carrier of the virus can be compared to a suicide bomber. all he needs is a slight misstep on your part to seal your doom.
it’s easy to assume that we get a cold from the ‘cold’ weather. granny thinks so and statistics seem to back this up as more incidents of colds occur during the winter season. a lot of medical experts, however, say it’s caused by a virus infection. actually, it could be a combination of both.
a study published in the medical journal family practice has established the link between chilling and infection. in the study, professor ron eccles, director of the common cold centre in england, conducted an experiment by asking one group of volunteers to place their feet in empty bowls for 20 minutes and a second group to place their feet in bowls of icy water for the same amount of time. the results showed that while less than one in ten (9 per cent) of the first group fell ill, one in three (29 per cent) of the second group developed symptoms of a cold within five days.
according to professor eccles, “the effect of the cold is that it reduces the flow of white blood cells, the body’s immune response, cutting off the troops to fight the infection. the cold also slows the flow of mucus in the nose which is needed to trap the virus so you swallow it and destroy it in the stomach.”
cold is a social disease spread by human contact. since we live in a society where interaction with your fellows is the norm, there’s no way to prevent exposure to the virus. the best defense against catching a cold is to keep our immune system in good shape to ward off the infection. this can be achieved by maintaining the body temperature of a healthy adult which is around 98.6 degrees fahrenheit.
it’s easier said than done, though, especially in the winter season when dressing appropriately is problematic. for instance, how many times do you find yourself walking to the train station in the freezing cold, sweating in your winter attire in a crowded, heated train, and then be out in the cold, wet street again? the energy that can be used by the immune system to do its job is wasted, instead, in helping your body adjust to the ever-changing environment.
now, if there’s a coat that can be programmed to regulate body temperature, that’ll be the greatest thing since sliced bread.