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If you have an after-Thanksgiving cold, this post is for you. When it comes to our old friend the common cold, it turns out that the simplest remedy may be the best.
At CureTogether, 139 people who have experienced the Common Cold have come together to share 1,079 data points about treatments they had tried and how well they worked or didn’t work.
So what is the single best, winning treatment that patients have reported? You guessed it: SLEEP.
To navigate the graph above, the top right quadrant shows the most popular and effective treatments, the top left quadrant shows treatments that not many people have tried but that have above-average effectiveness, so they may be options to think about (e.g. neti pot, Dayquil).
Treatments in the lower right quadrant are ones that lots of people have tried but that have below-average effectiveness (e.g. Vitamin C, orange juice), and treatments in the lower left quadrant are reported as neither popular nor effective, so you may want to steer clear (e.g. Airborne, whiskey).
Where did this data come from? CureTogether members have been anonymously sharing symptoms and treatments for over 2 years now. We analyzed and visualized the data into infographic form to make it more accessible. To thank everyone for their contributions, we’re releasing this result back to the community for free.
This is the tenth in a series of infographics we’ve been publishing over the past few months. Stay tuned for more and please let us know in the comments below if this was helpful or interesting for you – or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please tweet, blog, or pass this along to anyone who can benefit or might have a cold. Thank you!