It is well known that public health begins with each one of us. Our actions effect the wellbeing of those around us in a dramatic way. Our compliance or lack of it creates a ripple effect that travels way beyond our own space.
September ushers in cold and flu season. Superimposed on the pandemic, there are concerns by healthcare providers of a possible upcoming Twindemic (COVID-19 and flu). Widespread relaxation of pandemic safety measures and COVID fatigue increase the likelihood.
The key to reducing the transmission of COVID, influenza, and the common cold are to stay vigilant. First and foremost, vaccinate against COVID-19 and influenza. Injections can be co-administered, meaning that they can be given at the same sitting. You will receive one in each arm to minimize pain and swelling at the local injection site. Dr. Lisa Grohskopf, a medical officer in the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states, "The body's immune response and side effects are generally the same as when getting one vaccine alone."
For colds, there is no vaccine. This is due to the large numbers of viral strains causing the common cold. The most prevalent virus causing 50-80% of colds is called rhinovirus. This virus has over 100 different serotypes. Creation of a vaccine would be like’ finding a needle in a haystack’, as researchers would need to try to anticipate the most prevalent offender for the coming year.
So, what can you do for reducing transmission of a cold?
- Follow CDC guidelines for protecting yourself and others against viruses.
- Take zinc within 24 hours of cold symptom onset (ie. onset of sore throat and runny nose). Multiple high-quality studies as reviewed by Hemilia and Science, etal conclude that zinc reduces the duration of the common cold. A decrease in symptom severity has also been demonstrated. However, in order to achieve these results, a therapeutic dose of zinc (75-100 mg/day) is required. With Zinc Gluconate lozenges, this means taking 6 lozenges per day (taking 1 lozenge every 2-4 ours until a total ‘take’ of 6 lozenges/day). Underdosing is common which translates into a lack of results.
Transmission of a cold is primarily through aerosolizing viral particles such as sneezing and coughing. The second method of transmission is direct contact where virus is spread from hand to nose or eye. Thus, if you reduce the primary way to spread the virus (ie sneezing and coughing), you will protect others from getting it.
- Use decongestants, NSAIDs and first-generation antihistamines (older/sedative type) for symptomatic relief. Pay attention to the details with taking these, as per National Institutes of Health studies such as this.
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