1. Wash your hands. Hand washing is the best, most effective way to prevent the spread of cold viruses. Good hygiene can go a long way in keeping you healthy.
2. Get a flu shot. Most cold symptoms are due to the common cold virus, but any infection makes your immune system more vulnerable to the influenza virus, which can be devastating for the elderly and those with chronic diseases.
3. Stay home from work. This is not just to help expedite your recovery — it’s to keep those around you safe from germs. The same goes for your children. One day at home for an ill child can prevent many sick days for the rest of the class.
4. Avoid unnecessary antibiotics. Most colds are viral infections. Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections. Most cold sufferers will recover within 14 days, regardless of whether or not they take antibiotics, but one in eight patients will experience adverse effects from antibiotics. Remarkably, the best elixir for reducing your cold and cough symptoms is honey!
5. Talk to your doctor. Always call or visit your doctor if you experience persistent or worsening symptoms. It’s our job to help you out!