The Long Weekend

Last Tuesday, I noticed a bit of a raspy throat. And, for the next six days, it developed into a nightmare of a cold. Days and nights of hacking, biting pain in the throat area. For good measure, the cold moved up into the nasal area on Saturday evening.

Sleeping really did not happen for the past week.

With the congestion in my head, I spent the entire long week-end singlehandedly propping up the revenue of Irving Tissue.

I am spent. But I did learn a few things about colds.

Children have about six to ten colds a year. In families with children in school, the number of colds per child can be as high as 12 a year. Adults average about two to four colds a year, although the range varies widely.

More than 200 different viruses are known to cause the symptoms of the common cold. Rhinoviruses cause an estimated 30 to 35 percent of all adult colds, and are most active in early fall, spring and summer. More than 110 distinct rhinovirus types have been identified. Coronaviruses are believed to cause a large percentage of all adult colds. They induce colds primarily in the winter and early spring. Of the more than 30 isolated strains, three or four infect humans.

I had a whopperasauravirus.

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