True story. When I was still quite young, we were going to my uncle’s house for a dinner party. And I was in the back seat, coughing up a storm, because I had a bad cold, naturally. My mother noticed, and asked me nicely not to do that during the dinner party, as a courtesy to the other people there. So I stopped. And I didn’t cough the rest of the day either, for some reason, holding it in, with all my resolve. And the next day, I remember, I was pretty sick. Much more so, in fact.
At the time I concluded, this was because I didn’t cough, presumably, because I just didn’t know.
Anyways, now coincidentally (or maybe, uncoincidentally, depending on how you look at it) I have another cold. It’s a minor one. I think one of my doctor’s gave it to me. When last I saw him, he had it pretty bad. But I think he just gave me a glancing blow, as it were. (Boy, why would a doctor, of all people, go to work if he was so sick? I digress, of course.)
But back to my original point: To cough, or not to cough? Does it affect the overall cold, and its course, in any way? I really would like to know, especially now.
[Yours truly, Jim B.]
Now, the rest of you, please disregard the brackets for Uncle Cecil, and answer my question:).