My son from Portland brought it I think. He said people up there have been really sick, lasting weeks. I've had sore throat since Dec. 24. It was low for me, like around the thryoid area so gargling didn't help much. Now I've had laryngitis for 3 days and lots of coughing and mucous. I finally broke down today and bought some Musinex, hoping it will help. Everyday it just seems to get worse.