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Urgh Jun. 9th, 2008 02:08 pm
On possibly the hottest day of the year so far, I appear to be coming down with a cold.

This is just not even funny.

From: mrz80
Date: June 9th, 2008 - 02:13 pm (Link)
I've always wondered why we refer to a viral upper respiratory infection as "a cold". I think it would be more descriptive to call it "a miserable". :-)
From: valkyriekaren
Date: June 9th, 2008 - 02:17 pm (Link)
Apparently they worked out recently why people seem to get colds more often in winter, when tests in the lab had shown that the viruses don't thrive any better in cold weather than hot. Turns out that it's not the virus that counts - it's the tiny water droplets in which they're expelled from the body when someone coughs or sneezes. Those evaporate more slowly and travel futher in cold weather, so colds apread faster.

Neat, huh?

(Sorry, wechsler, this isn't very sympathetic and doesn't explain why you have a cold when it's hot. Feel better.)
From: mrz80
Date: June 9th, 2008 - 06:18 pm (Link)
Yes, that is, in fact, thoroughly fascinating.

(*hands wechsler a box of Kleenex and a mug o' cocoa
From: vyvyan
Date: June 9th, 2008 - 02:53 pm (Link)
I have a cold at the moment too.
From: conflux
Date: June 9th, 2008 - 05:56 pm (Link)
Mind you the pollen count is very high today so you could have a touch of hayfever?
From: rik
Date: June 10th, 2008 - 02:54 pm (Link)
Yes it is.