I was wondering if there are good tips for preventing/avoiding colds? I've started working as a cashier and I am touching money/peoples hands/being around people who might be sick. This is my second cold in less than a month and I am wondering what I could do to prevent more of them? I always wash my hands after using the bathroom. We have wet napkins that are used to kill germs at our stations. When it isn't busy I try to wipe my hands off every now and then with those. What else could I do?
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Get the flu shot if you possibly can, I know that's not really helpful for colds but flu usually goes around at the same time. I got swine flu when it was going around last year and it just floored me. It was seriously about as sick as I have ever felt. I was in bed for a week and I am a person who had bronchitis and didn't take a day off school and just took over the counter cold medication. My dad ended up getting it off me and he went to the doctor and got antibiotics and 2 days off work. So if I spend a week in bed I am feeling absolutely awful. Imagine gastro/stomach flu combined with the worst cold/flu you've ever had and that is swine flu. So after I had it, I vowed I would do just about anything to avoid something like it again so I got the flu shot. The one I got had swine flu and 3 other types of seasonal flu protection, thry do different ones every year to protect against whatever is going around at the time. I am completely terrified of doctors and needles (sweating, shaking, vomiting terrified) and I didn't even feel the flu shot and I didn't get sick all winter so I would definitely recommend it.
Another thing that is meant to help is lots of vitamin C and also taking echinacea, which you can get in drop or tablet form. When I do get around to taking it, it did seem to make a difference. Aside from that and doing all the stuff you're doing as well as the stuff Coralee suggested, I don't think that there is a lot more that you can do.
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