After coming down with a cold three times within two days after three flights, I checked with my doctor about what I could do to avoid a recurrence of the illness. She recommended wiping everything around me on the plane, except other passengers, with a sanitary wipe, keeping hydrated, frequent hand washing with hand sanitizer and wearing paper mask over my mouth and nose. I thought the mask might elicit comments from airline staff, but apparently the staff had seen stranger things. I saw a man wearing one of the masks inside a terminal. After four flights while taking the precautions, I had a total of zero colds.
Wearing a mask apparently didn’t bother whoever sat next to me. On one flight I noticed one woman who repeatedly turned her head to look at me. While exiting the plane I told her, “I don’t have anything contagious. I just get colds frequently after I’ve flown.” She chuckled and replied, “I should try that.”
I now have a cold apparently unrelated to flying. I had heard a lot about taking medications with zinc at the start of a cold. I stocked up ahead of time. Although I was doubtful about how well the medications would work, when I got a sore throat I ingested mouth spray, tablets that melt in your mouth and cough drops with zinc. Presumably as a result, I’m having the best cold ever. That is I have fewer symptoms and although I have not recovered completely, it seems like the cold is going away much more rapidly than any other cold I ever had.
As it happens I do know what the word “placebo” means, but if you know about the limitations of the medication I’m using, please don’t tell me.
Have you discovered something that was effective even though you doubted it would work?