7 Facts Flu Disease

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1. Colds takes about 48 hours to infect and make you sick.

If the runny nose, itchy throat, think back 48 hours back. Chances are cold virus enters your body. Experts say the flu virus takes about two days to implant into the lining cells and produce symptoms. Sometimes colds and flu is hard to distinguish. Ron Eccles, BSc, PhD, DSc, director of the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University in Britain said a cold virus does not usually cause a fever in adults. While fever and cough are the main signs of influenza.

2. The best weapon against flu is a sport.

Not a drug or vitamin supplement, but sports. Appalachian State University researchers have been studying how the immune system and the virus is affected by exercise. Researchers say if you want to really ward off flu this winter, the best way is a 30 minute brisk walk 5 times a week. "Exercise is good for light to move blood around the body and also move the white blood cells to look for infection," said Dr. Eccles.

3. Lack of sleep is one of the reasons

How much did you sleep last night? If less than seven hours, you are three times more likely to colds, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. Use the sleep time efficiently. Study participants who spent less than 92 percent of their sleep time at least five times greater likelihood of developing a cold.

4. Orange juice does not deter colds

More than 30 studies conducted by researchers at the Australian National University and the University of Helsinki says that for most people, vitamin C does not prevent or cure the flu symptoms.

5. Flower Echinacea can help fight cold viruses

Plants with purple flowers can help boost the immune system. So that it can fight the flu and colds. Researchers from the University of Connecticut studied more than 1,600 people using this flower. They reported that Echinacea can reduce the chances of developing a cold by 50 percent and reduce the duration of a cold sore about 1.4 days.

6. Cold virus can make fat

Researchers at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego found that children who had been infected by adenovirus 36, which causes the common cold virus cold symptoms are sometimes also affected by digestive problems. They weight 50 pounds heavier than children who have not been infected with this virus. However, this virus is not the main cause of weight problems.

7. Hot drinks can help relieve the symptoms of common cold virus

According to a study published in the current issue of the journal Rhinology, researchers in Britain said sipping hot drinks can provide immediate and sustained relief from the worst symptoms of the flu, such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and fatigue.

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