9. What won’t work?
Most of us know that a course of antibiotics won’t get rid of a cold virus, and may contribute to antibiotic resistance. Cough syrups and cold medications won’t shorten your illness, either. What about exercise? Advice is mixed as to whether physical activity will help or hinder your recovery. But it’s probably best to avoid intense exercise and focus on rest. “With heavy exercise during any sort of illness, you tend to feed sicker longer. And you may be more prone to injury if you’re not at your best,” says Zed. “Depending where you exercise, you may also be passing the virus on to other people.” So until you’re better, lay low.