As an infectious disease doctor, I felt a little embarrassed that I didn't know the definitive answer to this simple question. Especially since I repeatedly rebuke my teenage children for not taking a jacket to school or wearing socks and a sweater at home.
I am the kind of smug person who never gets sick, which is making the fact that I'm sick right now not only uncomfortable but also baffling. What happened to my superior immune system? My ability to stare down the common cold? My talent for evading influenza?
Judging by the amount of coughs and tissue boxes floating around the office, it's that time again. The cold season is here. While cold medication is the obvious choice when treating the common cold, herbal tea is another healthy alternate.