Kicking the common cold
When days get shorter and temperatures drop, we begin to brace ourselves for the aptly named common cold. With good reason: adults usually contract between one and three colds each year, while young children catch about six. And for every person who is coughing and sneezing, there could be two or three people asymptomatically harbouring a cold virus.
But hacking and sniffling aren’t foregone conclusions. You can strengthen your body’s defences against viruses by taking certain simple steps, and if you’re already sick, you can minimize your symptoms. Here’s how.