Personally, I thought it was a fitting time to address this issue. Seeing as I bought a box of tissues and a generic brand name for dayquil at the grocery store yesterday. I first felt the virus coming on Sunday day and bought a box of Zicam chewable. Hoping that it would either stop the cold dead in it’s tracks or a least shorten it’s life span within me. I do not know if the $11 box of Zicam helped or not but all I know is that I have this retched cold that makes me sound like I’m talking out of my nose! I don’t feel tired (yet) but I am annoyed with the running nose and sneezing! I think this is cold number 3 for me this season. I am just thankful I haven’t seen a soar throat out of this one (crossing fingers!)
Apparently, I am not the only one suffering from the beautiful mutated virus this time of the year! This sounds so familiar:
Between October and March, the following scene plays out in workplaces across the country.
Employee 1: “I think I’m coming down with something.”
Employee 2: “Yeah, something’s been going around. Everyone’s got it.”
Never mind how annoying it is that something’s always going around, thereby robbing you of much-needed sympathy. Every flu season it does seem that at least one employee comes down with something and, by spring, everyone will have suffered from it.
Did you ever wonder why no one can seem to shake that ailment? One big reason is the constant stream of under-the-weather employees reporting to work. Yes, punctual, dependable colleagues are making you sick.
In fall and winter, expect to hear a symphony of sniffles, sneezes and groans from employees who refuse to stay home. At first you might admire their tenacity to get the job done despite their own health. Then you realize their presence might make you and everyone else feel just as bad in a few days — suddenly they’re not so admirable.
courtesy of: http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/02/02/cb.do.not.work.sick/index.html
Washing your hands is the simplest and most effective way to keep from getting a cold. I know it’s hard but do not touch your nose or eyes. If you have a cold you should always sneeze or cough into a facial tissue, and promptly throw it away. That is just common courtesy. If possible, avoid close, prolonged exposure to persons who have colds. This is hard when you have to be at work or live with someone.
It’s unbelievable but the rhinoviruses can survive up to three hours outside the nasal passages on inanimate objects and skin, cleaning environmental surfaces with a virus-killing disinfectant like Lysol spray might help prevent spread of infection. The use of hand sanitizers is not always a good idea because they can kill the good kind of bacteria too.
Just hunker down and ride the cold out…drink lots of water and get rest…that’s about all we really can do.
(Click on the links for zicam and lysol to visit their site for coupons!)
Some info came from: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and my personal knowledge of dealing with a cold.