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Cold prevention question?
« on: January 06, 2017, 12:12:53 AM »
Let us assume that you go to work, find out that the coworker who you relieve is is, and you share the same (small) work area.
What can do you do to prevent catching a cold? 
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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2017, 12:51:16 AM »
Get lucky.
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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2017, 12:53:46 AM »
Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face has best as you can.

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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2017, 01:46:47 AM »
Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face has best as you can.

Plus wash common surfaces as best you can if theres time, and use tricks to remind yourself not to touch your face (the asian method of wearing a face mask is meant to prevent spreading your own infection but I feel like it would also be a great reminder to stop you putting hands near your mouth and nose, if its acceptable at your workplace).

Especially if you are relieving them (ie theyre not remaining in the immediate area to sneeze directly at you) then its all about transfer.
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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2017, 05:04:39 AM »
Cannot really wear a mask.
I could clean all surfaces and door handles with Clorox wipes
Can also keep cleaning my hands.
Opened up the door to let out the air.

Catch myself a number of times putting my hand at my face. 
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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2017, 05:28:45 AM »
Can you wear one of these?

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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2017, 05:51:32 AM »
The answer to that would be NO.
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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2017, 08:09:51 AM »
Then I would stack up on a LOT of tissues and prepare for the worst.

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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2017, 08:43:02 AM »
Clean hands and surfaces and you should be fine?
Of course you could still catch a cold elsewhere and attribute it to him.

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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2017, 10:05:01 AM »
Wash your hands, clean any surfaces that you both touch, stay well hydrated, get plenty of rest, exercise but avoid over-exertion. Don't stick your fingers in your eyes. Tell the mofo to stay away from work until he's no longer contagious, or get him to cover his mouth with a handkerchief when he sneezes.
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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2017, 05:52:37 PM »
Yea, I think the hand washing and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and face are the crucial bits.

If you have children--wash your hands constantly-they are covered in mucus!

As far as I know, the common cold is not nearly as airborne as people think.

I recall a pretty in-depth New Yorker article about a study where they had people living in an enclosed space--half the people were infected. The room was divided between the infected people on one side, uninfected on the other.
I forget how long the study ran, but it was a number of days. The cold did not get transmitted until a glass of water (or some other object)was passed from the infected side to the uninfected side.  Then the cold spread like wildfire.

The study was inspired by stories about isolated islands that would be cold-free until the mail boat arrived. The boat driver never had any personal contact with the people on the island--he'd just drop off the mail sack, etc. There would be just enough mucus on the envelopes to transmit a cold to a few people.

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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2017, 06:17:18 PM »
Megadose vitamin C.  Ask your local Nobel physics and chemistry lauriate.
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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2017, 06:26:10 AM »
Can you wear one of these?


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Re: Cold prevention question?
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2017, 07:17:21 AM »
I practiced as many as I could although think that he and I might have caught it from the same source. . . .One of the other people we work with is a mother with kids. The symptoms were milder than most however.
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