- At Home
As I was packing a few last minute items before my holiday flight to Atlanta, my phone started vibrating somewhere from within the dark depths of my purse.
The cab would be arriving any minute, so I chose to ignore it for the time being. But the phone kept ringing and ringing and ringing.
Finally, too irritated to ignore the call any longer, I fished my hand around in the big black bag until I finally located the culprit - “Mom.” Attempting to stifle my unwarranted anger, I put on a smile and lifted my voice to few octaves higher than usual, “Hi, Mom! Just on my way to the airport. Did you need something?”
“Don’t forget to pack your hand sanitizer, dear. You know the airport is full of germs. We don’t want you getting sick now do we?”
Two things to note about my mother - she is a retired nurse practitioner who never really retired, and she will always, always, always regard me as the baby of the family. No matter how old I become. “Thanks Mom. I will.” Just then, I heard the honk of the cab and quickly hung up with my mother. As I nestled into the back of the cab, I decided to heed my mother’s advice and look for the hand sanitizer. I looked and looked… nowhere to be found. “Oh well,” I thought, “There’s no way I will get sick.”
Did you know a person’s cough leaves the body at 100 miles per hour? That’s nearly twice as fast as a cheetah and more than four times quicker than the fastest man in the world! Walking through airport security, I witnessed dozens and dozens of travelers coughing with cheetah strength. “Still,” I thought to myself, “I will be fine.”
The flu is one of the main contributors to coughing and it is estimated that between five and twenty percent of the population will get the flu. Most experts think that flu viruses are primarily spread through coughing, sneezing or talking. People with flu can spread it to others up to six feet away. Well, I was packaged like a sardine between fellow travelers, certainly less than 6 feet away. With a subtle sneeze here and a vibrant cough over there, it seemed that my mother was once again, right about everything.
Already this season, nearly 18.2 million U.S. adults have experienced troublesome cold and flu symptoms and more than 18 million reported suffering from cough. I, as it turns out, was not immune to the coughs and sneezes of my fellow airline passengers. By the time I landed in Atlanta, my head was throbbing and my lungs were ready to engage in a bout of coughs that was sure to ruin my holiday vacation.
As if she already knew, my mother greeted me at the door with Robitussin® in her hands. Robitussin® has reliably treated cough, cold and flu symptoms through a variety of different formulations tailored to fit different symptom combinations, making for a more productive cold and flu season.
Aside from providing quality medications for symptom management, the makers of Robitussin® have introduced Robitussin® COUGHCAST™, a new online tool that allows consumers to track cough activity in their local area so they can be prepared to effectively treat their cough, cold and flu symptoms and avoid missing-out on their busy lives. The latest cough activity can be found at COUGHCAST™ on Robitussin.com.
After my experience with a nasty flu this season, you can bet that I will be using Robitussin® COUGHCAST™ before my next trip. If you are like me and have unfortunately come down with cold or flu symptoms already, visit your local convenience store to find a Robitussin® for your symptoms.
A non-prescription cough medicine with an expectorant and cough suppressant, such as certain Robitussin® products, will help by keeping the mucus secretions easily expelled while the cough suppressant helps you bring your cough under greater control.
For more information on Robitussin and its products, visit Robitussin.com.