With winter in full swing, we’ll all have a hard time avoiding seasonal colds and the flu. It’s especially bad if you get them at the holidays. Just imagine not being able to enjoy a peaceful night with your family or friends due to a cold. Not so great, right?
Most people think that a pill or syrup could reduce the symptoms of their cold and that they’re good to go, but these infections are seriously complicated. The symptoms of the viral infection last from a week to 10 days. You’re contagious from day 1, and will continue to be for another 2 weeks! This means that even if you think you’re in the clear, you’re actually not.
No one likes spending holidays in bed, but doctors recommend not going out with your friends when you’re sick. If you’re working, take a day off until the fever passes, and if you’re sneezing all the time, it’s better to stay at home than risk infecting the whole office. Acetaminophen, paracetamol and Ibuprofen can lower your temperature, but you will still be contagious.
If you absolutely need to be somewhere, make sure to bring some tissues and cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. Keeping proper hygiene during this difficult time is of vital importance as well, especially if you’re frequently touching your mouth, nose or colds. Viruses can travel 6 feet through the air when you sneeze, so cover your mouth. Follow these steps and you’ll reduce the risk of infecting others while keeping your symptoms under control.
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