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Health Tips You Need to Survive Cold Season

Cold season is creeping up fast, and even though we always tell ourselves, “Not this time,” every year there are some who don’t make it to Christmas unscathed.</br></br>If cold bugs are just floating around everywhere – as scientists suggest – how is it that some people get sick and some people don’t? It’s because there are <a title="University of Illinois" href="http://www.mckinley.illinois.edu/handouts/cold_facts.htm" target="_blank">more than 200 viruses that cause colds</a>; your body can defend against some of them, but not all.</br></br>But, there are steps you can take.</br></br><strong>Get Good Sleep</strong></br></br>A new study has revealed that <a title="NPR" href="http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/09/01/436385137/aim-for-at-least-7-hours-of-sleep-nightly-to-fend-off-a-cold" target="_blank">people who get more sleep</a> are twice as likely to fend off a cold as those who get less than six hours of rest.</br></br>The research, conducted at the University of California in San Francisco, exposed people with different sleeping habits to a cold virus, and found that 39 percent of those who got less sleep fell ill while only 18 percent of those who logged adequate sleep got sick.</br></br><strong>Avoid Sick People</strong></br></br>This is easier for some than for others, which is why teachers, nurses and other public-service saints are often the first to suffer cold season’s sneezy effects.</br></br>Of course, this means that you should also avoid those folks who are most susceptible, but we can’t all live in a bubble through fall and winter, so instead you should …</br></br><strong>Wash Your Hands</strong></br></br>The cold virus is most easily transmitted when you touch someone or something that has the virus on it. That “something” could be anything nonporous, like a doorknob or a keyboard, which means the easiest preventative measure you can take is washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.</br></br>After all, you can’t just stop touching things, so if you can manage to keep your hands clean (and refrain from sticking your fingers in your own face after they’ve been in strange places) you’ll be well on your way to keeping that cold at bay.
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