It’s the time of the year that colds and illness are going around. My best advice to taking care of your throat during a cold or illness is to NOT sing. Rest your voice with your cold. It’s a good idea to steam your throat and to also gargle with hot salt water. You can steam your throat by boiling a pot of water on the stove. Put a towel over your head to contain the steam and lean over the pot. Inhale the steam with deep inhales so that the steam reaches your vocal cords. You can put a special oil, i.e. oregano, “breathe right”, etc. in the water for more benefits. Do this for 5-15 minutes. I have an aromatherapy inhaler for the throat, it works really well for steaming the throat. Also gargle with salt water: put a teaspoon of salt into a cup of hot water (hot, but not scalding). Gargle deep down into your throat and then spit it out. Do this 3x a day. These two things will help take the swelling out of your vocal cords. Avoid coughing if at all possible with medication. Coughing is very tough on the vocal cords. So take your cough medicine to protect your voice day and night. Here’s hoping you’re all doing well and fine and will make it through the season without a cold. But if you get sick, please take care of your voice.