Being sick is the worst, isn't it? Most of us would do almost anything to avoid catching a cold or flu, yet we don't always know what we need to do to stay healthy. Thankfully, fighting pesky viruses isn't difficult when you're armed with the facts, which is why we've rounded up and debunked some of the most common cold and flu misconceptions. So say 'so long' to sniffles — they won't be bothering you this season.
Although we're inclined to believe that the men in our lives are just big babies when it comes to the sniffles, research suggests the flu might really hit them harder. In a December 2015 study, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that estrogen seems to have some antiviral properties that help ladies better fight off the most severe symptoms of the virus.
Not only is it inconsiderate to expose your coworkers to whatever bug you're starting to get, going to work sick does you a disservice, too, because it can make your symptoms last longer, says Chris D'Adamo, PhD, director of research at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. Rest up to feel better faster.
In case you didn't have enough reasons to make exercise part of your daily routine, here's another one to add to the list: In a November 2010 study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers found that participants who exercised at least five times a week recovered from the common cold 43 percent faster than inactive participants. Still not impressed? Their cold symptoms were less severe, too.