Viral respiratory tract infections are
extremely common. For example, there are an estimated 20 to 50 million
influenza virus infections annually in the United States resulting in
24 million patient visits, 300,000 hospitalizations, and 20,000 to
50,000 deaths.1 Various folk remedies have long played a
complementary role in the management of these infections. Simply
stated, these are to rest, stay warm, and drink plenty of fluids.