It’s that time of season again. Everyone around
you is sick. What are you ever going to do to prevent getting sick like everyone else?
I’m Doctor Savage. I’m an osteopathic family practice physician in Tampa, and I’m here
to tell you things that you can do to give yourself the best chances of preventing catching
the common cold. That is actually two-fold. Number one, avoid things that could potentially
harbor the viruses which cause the common cold. Hence, try to get your family and friends
to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze. It may be a little difficult if someone next
to you in a restaurant who you don’t know, sneezes right on you. You might be out of
luck in that situation. However, co-workers, families, friends, I think they might be okay
with it. Especially if they’re a cold, too. It would be responsible of them to clean up
after themselves. The second part is to maintain a clean environment. You know, any time that
you touch an object that can potentially harbor a virus, you have to actually be concerned
about touching that and touching your face, where you can contract the virus. If you clean
that area, that lessens your chances of actually contracting something. The second aspect of
preventing the common cold is allowing your immune system to be as strong as possible
to fight off any potential infections. To do that, you’d live a healthy lifestyle, including
regular exercise, a reasonable diet, and avoiding things that could weaken the immune system,
such as excessive alcohol, excessive sunlight, tobacco, or sleep deprivation. If you do all
those things, that will give you your best chances to make it through this cold season.
I’m Doctor Savage, and I wish you the best of health.