Most of us surely remember our parents saying “You cannot have too much ice cream, or you will get sick”. To a kid this sounds just like another restriction but is it actually true?
Usually a cold or flu begins when a tiny dose of a virus is inhaled from droplets sneezed or coughed into the air or transmitted by contaminated fingers (you touch an object―a doorknob, someone’s telephone―contaminated with the virus and then carry it to your nose, mouth or eyes with your fingers). The virus then moves to your throat, where it begins to reproduce. Within 10 to 12 hours, the body attempts to defend itself by releasing mucous-gland secretions and by sneezing and coughing―the cold symptoms you begin to feel. Typically, symptoms worsen over the first 48 hours, and then start to diminish. Most colds last about one week, though a severe case may linger a bit longer and you should consult a doctor.
This is how the process normally develops. Every time you touch your hand to your face you could be infecting yourself with a virus, which makes it very important to keep hands germ-free. So, wash your hands often and no, kids, you CANNOT GET SICK BY EATING ICE CREAM! Enjoy the summer and one of its greatest pleasures: the good ice cream!