By Randy Bergen, MD
As the winter months arrive and viruses begin to circulate, you may wonder if there are tricks to avoid getting sick.
Colds and influenza, or “the flu”—which has similar symptoms to a cold but is more severe—may be unavoidable, but you can still minimize the seriousness of an illness or how often you catch a bug with a few simple germ-fighting strategies.
There are a lot of urban legends—almost equal to the number of viruses—about how to beat common illnesses, so you have to sift through fiction to get to the facts. Here are a few widely accepted ways of fortifying yourself this season: