This common infection is caused by more than 200 different strains of virus which attack the eyes, nose, throat and sinuses. Symptoms include coughing, sore and dry throat, the inability to talk, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, headache, fever, and lasts up to 3 weeks. There is no absolute prevention or known cure and about 1% of the time can lead to death. It’s called a “cold.”
Long ago, it was believed that cold weather was the cause of the illness. In reality, the virus simply spreads easily in cold climates because people are stuck inside with others passing the virus most of the day.
Those of us who live in northern climates expect to catch the cold virus at least once from October through March. During the spring and summer, the last thing we expect is a cold. The world around us becomes sunny and hot, enjoyable after so many months of darkness and chilly temperatures, but then a cold strikes and you’re stuck carrying around a box of Kleenex, sucking cough drops, and hacking all night.
The outside world doesn’t always match the inside reality.
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).