Whatus infection?

Welcome to my humble abode, fellow humans! Today we are going to talk about the Whatus infection. Oh no, not again!, you might think. But bear with me for a few minutes and let’s explore this topic in a humorous way.

What is a Whatus Infection?

A Whatus infection is a common cold caused by the sneaky little virus named Rhinovirus. This type of virus is highly contagious and spreads through tiny droplets in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes (gross!). The name “Whatus” comes from that incessant question we ask ourselves every time we get sick – “What us wrong with me?”

Symptoms of a Whatus Infection

Do you have that feeling like your head is about to explode? Do you sound like Darth Vader while trying to breathe? Congratulations, my friend! You’ve got yourself a good old-fashioned case of Whatus infection. Other symptoms may include:

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Sneezing
  • Mild fever

If all these lovely symptoms combined make you feel terrible, don’t fret – it means your immune system is doing its job!

Who Can Get Infected

Anyone can get infected with Rhinovirus (except maybe Aquaman). However, some people are more prone to it due to various reasons such as age or weakened immune systems (cough children and elderly cough) If you’re on medication that suppresses your immune system (like Spiderman after biting radioactive spiders), then be extra careful not to catch anything.

How Long Does It Last

The duration of Whatus infections usually varies between 7 and 10 days but can last up two weeks if left untreated (ugh!). However, there are ways you can reduce symptoms and speed up the recovery process.

How to Treat Whatus Infection

If you’re already sick with a Whatus infection, here are some tips on how to make yourself feel better:

  • Rest: Your body needs rest to recover from being infected. Get plenty of sleep.
  • Drink fluids: Staying hydrated helps break up mucus in your nose and chest. You don’t wanna be a human mucus factory (gross!).
  • Eat chicken soup: Scientifically proven to help by ‘The Journal of Health Psychology’ or was it the internet?
  • Steamy showers: Warm steam opens nasal passages, making breathing easier
  • OTC medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) alleviate pain and fever.

How Can You Prevent Infections?

Ain’t nobody got time for that! But seriously here’s what you could do:

Wash Your Hands | Cover your mouth | Take Supplements

Yes, as simple as washing hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer can save lives. Moisturizing your hands as well is important because cracks can provide a gateway for germs. Wearing masks in crowded areas is also recommended (not just Halloween).

Are there any supplements that prevent colds, though? Echinacea, zinc, Vitamin C, garlic supplements have been hyped over the years but evidence suggests they work no better than placebo pills. So maybe stick with oranges instead.

Disclaimer – A narrative review showed benefit when taken prophylactically when susceptible levels were higher than at nadir

When To See A Doctor

Seek medical care if

• Fever persists after 10 days
• Nasal discharge becomes greenish-yellow
• Stiff neck
• Shortness of breath become more severe

Or basically if anything seems strange while having Whatus infection symptoms.

Ridiculous Home Remedies To Avoid

As we all know, the internet is dark and full of terrors. Here are some ridiculous home remedies that have no scientific basis:

  • Gargling with bleach (Do not do this!)
  • Putting onions in your socks while sleeping to help you breathe better (You will smell worse than a sewer)
  • Yes, storing urine in jars for 7 days before drinking might make it less likely to cause illness but NO just No!

Bright Side Of Getting Sick

What? There’s a positive side to getting sick?

Of course there is! For those who love manipulating human emotions like me, sickness can be used as a bargaining tool or blackmail material. If you want me cured of infection then buy comics just kidding.. AM I?

In conclusion Whatus infections may seem terrible at first however with proper care one can recover quickly.

1.“Does taking vitamin C prevent colds?”:effectiveness variation due to amount and duration of use
Jochen Klenk et al.
2. Are Echinacea Supplements Effective Against Cold Symptoms?
PubMed Health