A recent study found that the majority of parents rely on cold-prevention strategies that have little to no scientific support. The Onion debunks popular myths about preventing colds.
MYTH: Colds are caused by going out in the cold.
FACT: Colds are caused by sinning.
MYTH: Catching a cold is a sign of a weak immune system.
FACT: It’s also a sign of a weak will and weak character.
MYTH: You should drink honey with lemon.
FACT: Grandma just made that shit up.
MYTH: You shouldn’t go outside with wet hair.
FACT: There’s no evidence for that, so go out there with all your sopping-wet friends and have a good time.
MYTH: Coughing into your arm is the best way to avoid spreading germs.
FACT: The best way to contain germs is to unbuckle and cough into your pants.
MYTH: You should starve a fever.
FACT: Fevers are actually unrelated to food intake, so go nuts.
MYTH: If your partner gets a cold, you should just accept that you will too.
FACT: There’s no shame in quarantining a loved one until further notice.