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Six popular beliefs about colds: experts explain the facts

By Duane Mellor, Lead for Evidence-Based Medicine and Nutrition, Aston Medical School, Aston University
James Brown, Associate Professor in Biology and Biomedical Science, Aston University
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As we return to pre-lockdown levels of social mixing, colds are starting to become all too common. A TikTok video has gone viral involving putting garlic up your nose as a cold cure, just one in a long line of claimed treatments or cures.

We asked two experts to examine some commonly held beliefs around colds.

1. Can you get a cold by getting cold?

Colds become more common in winter. Like other upper respiratory tract infections (in the nose, throat and windpipe)…

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