A new poll has found that nearly 70 percent of parents try to prevent colds from advice with no scientific backing.
“These were likely started before people knew that germs were actually the cause of diseases like the common cold,” the report says. “As a result, families tried a lot of things to keep each other as healthy as possible.”
Examples include not going outside in the cold with wet hair, taking a multivitamin each day to prevent a cold and simply to avoid cold air.
“I wonder if it’s a return to the times before the internet and before all these drug companies were out there,” Dr. Katherine Williamson said.
What did your parents tell you to do growing up in order to avoid getting a cold? What pieces of advice do you still follow?