One mom has had enough of dads making a big deal about a cold, and she made a video that has taken the internet by storm.
As just about everyone knows, dads know how to make a big deal when they get even remotely sick, and one mom who made a funny video about it has gone viral. Meredith Masony, 37, created a spoof video last year that compared the differences between men and women who have to deal with a cold, and as flu season ramps up her video is getting new attention.
The video was published on the “That’s Inappropriate” parenting blog, and so far it’s gotten 25 million hits on Facebook, as well as another 1 million on YouTube. At the bottom of this article we’ve embedded the video, which is entitled “The Man Cold Vs The Mom Cold.”
In an interview with Popsugar, Masony said she saw how her own husband handled a cold and it inspired her to make the spoof. “There are no sick days for Moms,” she wrote in the caption for the video. “Men, on the other hand, seem to turn into children when they get a cold. Does your man suffer the ‘Man Cold’ when he is sick?”
On her Facebook page, many women chimed in to say they could totally relate.
“I tell my husband when he has a man cold, ‘I’m literally thankful for the both of us that you don’t have to experience childbirth.’ Imagine if only,” wrote Rachel Walsh.
“My poor husband turns into Mr mom on the weekends when I go on strike and curl up in bed all day!” added Debbie Kingston. “Mom of twins here!! 6 weeks post op from major stomach surgery to repair my muscles from the twins! This mom goes on strike most weekends.”
And even some men had to admit that the video was accurate.
“Not all men act like this and of course women know this, but a majority of us do,” said Brandon Smith. “Thank goodness I’m not one of them. All the guys getting butt hurt are probably sick in bed now eating a bowl of soup with their bottom lip sticking out like, ‘I don’t act like that!!!’”
But, there were some who feel sympathy for the husband.
“Awww I couldn’t do that to my husband, because if I was in bed sick he would be taking care of me, not trying to make me fill guilty for being sick,” said Willow Greensong. “Everyones body reacts differently. My husband gets sick sometimes and it’s doesn’t effect him nearly as bad as it effects me when I get what he has. I get the intended joke, ‘that men can be pussys when they get sick’ I’m just glad that after 10 years my marriage is still very compassionate & caring. Even if it’s a small cold, if I wanna lay in bed for the day my husband respects that. Just like I do if he lays in bed.”
At least one man just couldn’t handle the joke.
“Wow, very sexist,” said Alexander Antonio.
Here’s some fast facts about flu season from Wikipedia:
Three virus families, Influenzavirus A, B, and C are the main infective agents that cause influenza. During periods of cooler temperature, influenza cases increase roughly tenfold or more. Despite higher incidence of manifestations of the flu during the season, the viruses are actually transmitted throughout populations all year round.
Each annual flu season is normally associated with a major influenzavirus subtype. The associated subtype changes each year, due to development of immunological resistance to a previous year’s strain (through exposure and vaccinations), and mutational changes in previously dormant viruses strains.
The exact mechanism behind the seasonal nature of influenza outbreaks is unknown. Some proposed explanations are:
People are indoors more often during the winter, they are in close contact more often, and this promotes transmission from person to person.
A seasonal decline in the amount of ultraviolet radiation may reduce the likelihood of the virus being damaged or killed by direct radiation damage or indirect effects (i. e. ozone concentration) increasing the probability of infection.
Cold temperatures lead to drier air, which may dehydrate mucous membranes, preventing the body from effectively defending against respiratory virus infections.
Viruses are preserved in colder temperatures due to slower decomposition, so they linger longer on exposed surfaces (doorknobs, countertops, etc.).
In nations where children do not go to school in the summer, there is a more pronounced beginning to flu season, coinciding with the start of public school. It is thought that the day care environment is perfect for the spread of illness.
Vitamin D production from Ultraviolet-B in the skin changes with the seasons and affects the immune system.
Research in guinea pigs has shown that the aerosol transmission of the virus is enhanced when the air is cold and dry. The dependence on aridity appears to be due to degradation of the virus particles in moist air, while the dependence on cold appears to be due to infected hosts shedding the virus for a longer period of time. The researchers did not find that the cold impaired the immune response of the guinea pigs to the virus.
Research done by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in 2008 found that the influenza virus has a “butter-like coating”. The coating melts when it enters the respiratory tract. In the winter, the coating becomes a hardened shell; therefore, it can survive in the cold weather similar to a spore. In the summer, the coating melts before the virus reaches the respiratory tract.