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How to Prevent Catching a Cold

How to Deal With Cold and Flu Germs

Women may not get as many stress-induced colds as men, but sometimes no one's immune system is a match for the perils of cold and flu season. Whether you're braving life outside your home with a cold or just trying to navigate your way through all the sneezing and coughing surrounding you, here are some ways to prevent the spread of those nasty microbes.

  • Avoid gym germs. The gym can be rife with bacteria and germs, so take precautions every time you go, including washing your hands when you get there, using your own clean towel every time, and never reusing gym clothes without washing them.
  • Stock up on sanitizers. Studies have shown that workers who use hand sanitizers regularly take fewer sick days, so keep some at your desk or in your purse. You'll also be helping their office-mates fight the spread of germs!
  • Don't infect the whole class. If you've already come down with a bug, be considerate and work out at home. No one wants to deal with your sniffles or dodge your sneezes during mat time.
  • Know when to stay home. If you're sick, it's not only yoga class that you need to skip. If you feel like you're coming down with something, have a fever, or have several other symptoms, it's time to call in and work from home or take a day to rest.

 

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