Most everyone develops a case of the sniffles, sneezes, or sore throat from time to time. Follow these simple steps to reduce your chances of catching a cold.
- Keep your nose clean. In order to become a cold, a virus needs to lodge itself in the nasopharynx (where nasal passages meet the mouth), so keep germs away from the base of the nose. Wash your hands with an antibacterial soap, and keep them away from your nose and eyes.
- Drink a lot of water. Spending an entire day in an office building means you're breathing recirculated air. This air distributes viruses among all people present and dries out mucus membranes that normally work to trap invaders. Drinking plenty of liquids helps to remoisten mucus and carry away infection.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep helps keep your immune system in good operation, so get plenty of rest to both ward off a cold and shorten its life span.