Cold misconceptions

Debunking some beliefs about the common cold

Here are widely held (false) beliefs regarding the common cold:

People catch more colds in winter because it’s cold and rainy. False. Colds are spread by close contact, and in the winter people spend much more time inside, where they are exposed to other people’s germs.

Vitamin C helps prevent catching a cold. False. There is little proof that vitamin C has any effect on the common cold.

Chicken soup cannot help relieve a cold. False. Chicken soup helps break up nasal congestion, protects from sore throat, and the combination of lean protein and vegetables can help boost strength to fight off illness.