May Increase Your Risk Of Catching Cold
(NUI) - It is essential to keep healthy
and productive in the workplace, but avoiding illness can
The common cold accounts for more than 58 million sick days
taken each year by employees and can lead to serious secondary
illnesses, such as upper respiratory infection and pneumonia.
You don't want to be the person who starts the epidemic in
Maximization of office space has led to more people in smaller
spaces and less fresh air. This close quarter environment
makes offices ideal places for the transmission of respiratory
illnesses, such as the common cold. Couple that with cramped
commuter favorites, such as carpools, subways and buses,
and the typical workday is ideal for the transmission of
the cold virus.
Unfortunately, no vaccines and no surefire solutions are
available. You can take every precaution imaginable and still
get a cold. However, you can find ways to decrease your chances
of getting a cold.
Here are some tips to help you as you try to avoid the common
cold, courtesy of Dr. Mark Roberts, an occupational medicine
specialist and former medical director for several Fortune
* Wash your hands. Washing your hands is the single most
effective way to keep from catching a cold or spreading one
to someone else. Both colds and the flu can be passed via
inanimate objects, such as doorknobs and telephones. If you
come in contact with a contaminated surface and then touch
your nose, mouth or eyes, the virus can enter your body.
* Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Giving
germs a powerful launching pad into the air makes it easier
for them to spread and infect. Using your handkerchief or
tissue as a barrier will keep germs contained.
* Practice healthy habits. Eating a balanced diet, getting
enough sleep and exercising can help you maintain a strong
immune system to keep illness at bay.
* Avoid sharing with people who have colds. Sharing food,
drinks, utensils, dishes or cups with anyone who has a cold
will greatly increase your chances of getting the virus.
If despite these efforts you still come down with a cold,
consider taking Cold-Eeze, which contains zinc gluconate
glycine, proven in several clinical studies, including one
published last year in the American Journal of Therapeutics,
to reduce the duration of a cold by almost half. Taking products
such as these will help you get better faster so you can
return to your normal routine.
For more information on avoiding and treating the common
cold, go to www.coldeeze.com.
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