1 in 10 still think chicken soup can cure a cold

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1 in 10 still think chicken soup can cure a cold

Professor John Oxford, Virologist from Queen Mary University of London, joined Wake Up London to dispel health myths which still prevail regarding the flu and common colds.
 
Over a third of the population believe antibiotics treat viral infections such as cold and flu and a fifth would like antibiotics to be prescribed more readily by their GP.
 
These are the finding according to research by Lemsip All In One.
 
This is despite the fact antibiotics are not an effective cure for treating viral infections.
 
There are also serious problems regarding common ‘cures’ many believe, which don’t help at all.
 
26 per cent of people admit to believing in old wives’ tales such as ‘feed a cold, starve a fever’, which in reality do nothing, while one in 10 Brits believe a warm bowl of chicken soup can cure a cold.
 
Professor Oxford says people need to be much better educated about the facts.
 
Here are 15 common myths many still believe, but aren’t true:
 
1. Feed a cold, starve a fever
2. Vitamin C can prevent flu
3. If you go outside with wet hair you'll catch a cold
4. You'll get sick if you don't wrap up warm in winter
5. Spicy food helps cure a cold
6. A bowl of chicken soup can cure a cold
7. You are only susceptible to colds if you have a weak immune system
8. Not saying "Bless you" after someone sneezes is bad luck
9. Having a mustard bath can relieve cold symptoms
10. Having flu is just like having a heavy cold
11. Wearing garlic prevents colds
12. If you sneeze with your eyes open they will pop out
13. Antibiotics treat cold and flu
14. You can only get flu once every year
15. Once you've had the flu vaccine, you're protected for life

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