Yes, it’s that time of year again and I can already hear the beginnings of coughs and splutters in the office. So what can you do to minimise your chances of becoming another victim of the common office cold and flu? Below is a simple check list of things to consider as you become more confined to the indoors and succumb to decreased levels of activity.
1. Every time you shake hands, wash yours. Even just running them under water will dilute any germs and send them down the drain. Hand sanitisers are great when you don’t have access to a tap. Also, don’t limit your hand washing, the more you wash the more you reduce your chances of spreading and contracting one of these nasty viruses, says Mark Mengel, MD.
2. HANDS OFF! Touching your nose, mouth and eyes is a BIG no, no. You can’t account for what your hands have come in contact with and these areas are the number one entry point for bad germs. This goes for biting your nails as well – STOP IT!
3. Hit the sack. You need to get 8-10 hours sleep each night. As soon as you deprive yourself of sleep, your bodies defences go down leaving you open to viruses. Yes, finding time to sleep is hard in the startup ecosystem but, make the commitment! It will save you time in leave, boosting productivity.
4. Don’t be lazy. Your exercise regime is important now more than ever. Working out regularly enhances immune function, says Ann G. Kulze, MD, CEO and founder of Dr. Ann and Just Wellness.
5. Wipe down your wallet. Your wallet harbours notes, coins, cards that constantly come in contact with questionable surfaces or come from questionable sources. It’s something no one ever thinks to dis-infect. So, turn this into a winter ritual of regularly wiping down your wallet!
6. GOOD VIBES & ANIMALS. No, this isn’t a passage from 50 shades of grey. Carl Charnetski, MD, professor of psychology at Wilkes University, found that sex, positive thinking, playing with a pet, and other pleasurable behaviours will boost your immune system. As if we need any more reasons!
7. GET SHOT! The flu vaccine is publically available, it is refined each year to target the most common strains floating around in that season. For as little as $9.95 or $20 it provides great ROI for your health. Below is a list of places that can administer the flu shot for a small fee.
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IS IT A COLD OR A FLU?
This virus grows in the soft, warm surfaces of your inner nose, throat, sinuses and airways, so this is where you usually get the symptoms. Typically, you will get a blocked or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and a cough. You might also have a fever, aching muscles and general tiredness. These symptoms usually last for about a week.
The symptoms are similar to colds but the muscle aching is usually more severe and the tiredness may last for a few weeks after the illness has cleared up. You’re likely to get a fever, and you may also lose your appetite, feel or be sick or have diarrhoea.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
Warning signs can include:
- a cough that disrupts sleep
- a fever that won’t go down
- increased shortness of breath
- face pain caused by a sinus infection
- worsening symptoms, high fever, chest pain, or a difference in the mucus you’re producing, all after feeling better for a short time.
Cold and flu complications may include bacterial infections (e.g., bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections, and pneumonia) that could require antibiotics.
Remember: While antibiotics are effective against bacterial infections, they don’t help against viral infections such as the cold or flu… And above all stay home! The startup world can wait.
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