N. Leigh Dunlap

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That one sneeze shot 10,000 germs per droplet  through the air at about 200 mph. The common cold has been with us for tens of thousands of years and, with all our scientific advances, it’s with us still. There’s still no cure and no really effective treatment besides what your mom and her mom before her did. The only sure way to avoid the misery and the lost work and school time is to avoid getting a cold at all.

Most colds are caused by the rhinovirus, which makes its home in the mucous tissues of the nose (hence the name). It can hang out for quite a while on the skin of the hands, and transfer easily to anything those hands touch. Touch something an infected person had their hands on and you’ve picked it up; touch your nose or your eyes, and you’re likely to become infected. Oh, and the most efficient carriers of the common cold? You guessed it – kids. With their chronically runny noses, poor blowing and wiping technique and, yeah, nose picking, kids are walking crop dusters.

To curb the spread:

To cut your risk:


Sprinkle a little glitter on your hands and rub it around. First, try to wipe it off with a paper towel. Next, try cold water. Last, try soap and warm water. If that glitter were germs, which method would you rather use?

Did you know:

The FDA is moving to eliminate over the counter cold medicines for kids. Why? They don’t work. Period. Trials did show that the most effective remedy is…honey. Who needs a spoonful of sugar?