Today's Question: How do you avoid and treat seasonal colds?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 | 10:09 a.m. CST; updated 11:59 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 6, 2010

On the Missourian Web site Monday morning, the temperature was listed at -0.1 degrees.

We all know what kind of weather to expect this time of year, but undoubtedly a few people shivered inside after seeing that figure.

Sub-zero morning temperatures are reminders of common winter occurrences, like waiting impatiently for a car engine to start, zipping up a coat a little further while waiting for the bus or walking to work.

The brutally cold weather can lead to illnesses that slow people down and, of course, make them feel lousy. A common cold might not constitute a big deal, but is still unpleasant and sometimes can escalate to more severe sicknesses.

Forecasts suggest mid-Missourians will have to cope with frigid temperatures without relief for a bit longer than usual. Since Friday, the temperature has not risen above 20 degrees in Columbia. That will likely remain the case for the rest of the week.

What sorts of things do you do to avoid seasonal colds? Do you know any special remedies to feel better and stay healthy even when you have to spend time outdoors?

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