Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coping With Colds

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Coping With Colds

One part of health we've been discussing is physical health, and since I've been dealing with a cold for the past week, I chose to post this article. I wasn't too surprised by the fact that the common cold is the leading cause of school absences, but I was shocked at the lack of remedies. There are over-the-counter cold medicines you can take, and you can eat chicken soup if it makes you feel better, but you really have to let the sickness run its course. At this point in time, I would think scientists would have developed a cure for something so common by now. Since there is no true cure, what do you think we should do to prevent the spreading of colds? How do you think this will affect our futures, as individuals and as a community?

14 comments:

  1. Because there is no REAL cure to a common cold, I believe simple precautions such as washing your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds in warm water, sneezing into your arm instead of your hand, and staying at home when you have a cold are the best decisions to insure a healthy environment. Informing children at a young age, such as disney and nickelodeon did on their commercials when i was younger, will help keep schools healthier as well.

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    1. I believe that washing hands and things like that are good ways to help, but staying home and missing school could cause problems academically. I also think that kids TV channels should work on spreading valuable health information- as far as I know, they don't do many things like that anymore, unfortunately.

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  2. Dont worry, when I grow up I will try my best to find the cure for the common cold. However, in the meantime, prevention of getting the cold is the best we can do. Luckily, you've been staying at home and not getting us all sick, thanks Jenna. Similar to what Mia said, maintaining a clean environment and body are also ways we can fight getting the cold. As the leading reason kids stay home from school, it should definitely be common knowledge the best ways to fight getting the cold.

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  3. I agree with Mia and Stewart, even though there isn't a real cure, the prevention that people can do will help not get them sick. Washing your hands well when you are sick and sneezing/ coughing into elbows is really helpful and can prevent sickness. I believe that Television Channels should spread the health information, but I also believe schools should teach health information because some people have never learned it. I think that over the counter prescriptions are only good with lowering fevers, not getting rid of colds.

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  4. The common cold is a topic that still seems to amaze me for its been around for a long time and is one of the most common illnesses in the world yet the fact that we still dont know how to fix/prevent it is hard for me to believe. i know we dont have cures for very many things and there are more serious illnesses out there that could use a cure yet something as common as this i feel should have an answer already or hopefully will get one in the near future.

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  5. Although I agree with all of you that there are ways to prevent getting a cold such as washing your hands and sneezing into your elbow but even though those are recommended they do not always work. For example, I wash my hands extremely often for the recommended length of time with soap and water especially before I touch my food. I also always sneeze and cough into my elbow. Yet despite these precautions, I have had the cold for the last couple of days. The same situation has also happened to me in the past. Just because those precautions are recommended does not mean that they will actually prevent anything guaranteed. Therefore, I have found that the most effective medicine, as Jenna mentioned, is time. Normal colds should only last for a few days and there is not much to do to cure them. Also, staying home and away from people as much as you can while you are sick will help to not spread the cold as much. Overall, I think the cold is a problem that we should have a cure for but science can be complicated so we do not yet, so we should just try to follow the precautions as best as we can.

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  6. I believe in just washing you hands, sneezing in your shoulder or having the correct diet to keep you away from the cold. I agree with Erick on you can be recommended how to prevent your self from getting the cold, but it might not work. I think that there we will never find an actually cure for the cold. As of right know, I have no answer about the future.

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  7. I believe that you can follow simple guidelines like washing your hands thoroughly and sneezing or coughing into your elbow to prevent germs from spreading. However, I agree with the others on how these methods don't always work because if they did, then people wouldn't be getting sick. With that being said, I don't believe there is an actual method to use to prevent yourself and others from catching a cold because germs are always surrounding you. For an example, not only can you catch a cold from germs, but also simply from having a wet head and walking around outside on a windy day.

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  8. I think it's really easy to prevent a cold like all of you listed; washing your hands, sneezing into your shoulder, etc. But everything you touch isn't always going to be clean.

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  9. I agree with Mia since there is no real cure for a cold a simple washing your hands and sneezing into your arm rather than your hand would be helpful. When you have a cold staying at home would be the best environment to be because you don't want to be somewhere and spread it around so other people get it.

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  10. Like everyone is saying there are really good ways to prevent you from getting sick, however I believe that if you do get sick the worst place to go is school. I understand that you might miss some work in classes but why risk getting other people sick.

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  11. I think one big way of preventing colds is just trying to stay as clean as possible and making sure you are washing yourself and taking great care of your body. Colds are hard to prevent as you are around so many different people each day as well as being in contact with them. This can lead to a large spread of germs through food, drinks, contact, etc. So just by staying clean and healthy is your best bet to stay healthy!!

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  12. I remember that I was really surprised when I found out that going outside without enough layers when it's cold doesn't affect if you get a cold or not. My mom keeps telling me this even though I keep telling her it's not true. I don't know where people get these ideas from when they're not true but it just goes to show how uneducated people are about how some diseases are caught. I think that, as a society, we need to do a better job communicating what are the best methods to avoid getting sick so that people aren't stuck with wrong information.

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  13. I really hope someone finds a cure for common colds because I have them all the time and they are so annoying! I agree with Adam when it comes to avoiding colds. One should always wash their hands, try not sharing food/drinks, and staying away from people with colds. Yet, I feel like sometimes people just can't help it when it comes to avoiding colds because of having weak immune systems. Another way I believe one can avoid colds is eating a lot of greens/vegetables to make their immune system stronger and healthier. Colds just suck. I really hope Stewart does find the cure when he gets older. That would be great.

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