Feel Bad? Stay Home

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The best way to stop the spread of in­fec­tion is to stay home when you first be­gin to ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms, says Wil­liam Miller Jr., MD.

Dur­ing cold and fl u sea­son, it’s so­cially ac­cept­able to go to work if you feel un­der the weather— the fi rst sign of a cold or fl u— or to send kids to school when they feel that way. But it’s the wrong thing to do, ac­cord­ing to Wil­liam Miller Jr., MD, a physi­cian for over 30 years and au­thor of The Mi­cro­cosm Within.

“The spread of any in­fec­tion be­gins with a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual in any specifi c lo­cal set­ting,” says Miller, and you can be con­ta­gious be­fore more se­vere symp­toms be­gin. In one study, a harm­less, in­vis­i­ble pow­der, which could be tracked only with an ul­tra­vi­o­let light, was put on the hands of two chil­dren in a fourth- grade class. Within one hour, ev­ery child in the class had it on their hands, faces, and noses. “Any vir­u­lent pathogen can ex­hibit the same kind of rapid spread,” Miller says.

It’s help­ful to wash your hands of­ten, and keep them away from your nose and mouth, where bugs can easily en­ter your sys­tem. How­ever, you need to scrub with soap for 15– 20 sec­onds, which most peo­ple don’t do. Al­co­hol- based hand san­i­tiz­ers can pro­tect against the spread of some bugs but not oth­ers.

“The sin­gle most eff ec­tive means of im­prov­ing health, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing sea­sonal ill­nesses such as the fl u,” says Miller, “is to cre­ate a cul­ture that in­structs those that are sick that they are ex­pected to stay away and only re­turn when they are bet­ter.”

If that isn’t pos­si­ble, he rec­om­mends stay­ing as far away as pos­si­ble from a sick per­son, not touch­ing sur­faces they have touched, wash­ing your hands of­ten ( the right way), not touch­ing your face, and sup­port­ing your own im­mune sys­tem by get­ting enough sleep and nutri­tion.

The best way to stop the spread of colds and flu is to stay home when you don’t feel well.

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