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#1 hjrw22

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 05:17 PM

Hi Everyone,

Not really sure if this forum is still used.

Can anyone suggest some techniques, or vitamin, or in general how people have success with not getting sick in the colder winter months?

I'm aware of Vitamin C, Echinacea, Zinc, Multivitamins, Washing hands, avoiding people.  But what is the secret that i'm missing?

Cheers!

Edited by hjrw22, 25 February 2019 - 05:18 PM.


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Posted 25 February 2019 - 05:45 PM

Have a flu shot in autumn.

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 05:55 PM

avoid sick people.
wash hands.
get appropriate vaccinations.
dont drink from toilet bowl.

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 05:58 PM

Avoid aircon.

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 07:14 PM

Do you recommend any vitamins?

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 07:36 PM

All the above, and eat a wide and varied nutrient dense diet. And get enough sleep.

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 07:56 PM

View PostDavo, on 25 February 2019 - 05:45 PM, said:

Have a flu shot in autumn.

That will help you avoid flu, but not generally "getting sick".

UCB's advice (above) is right on, in my view.

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 09:02 PM

Keep fingers out of nose.

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 09:12 PM

View PostAndrew2, on 25 February 2019 - 09:02 PM, said:

Keep fingers out of nose.
^^^ This AND eyes - do not scratch or rub your eyes unless you KNOW your hands are clean. And what UCB says

I have been very lucky over the last few years, but Mr BogFrog has not - I put it down to public transport and working with sick people - my office are ok for people to work from home and encourage it when people are sick, Mr BogFrog's company not so much...

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 09:25 PM

Re ‘Winter’ Should I mention it’s 21-30 up here pretty much every day this week.

Edited by undercover brother, 25 February 2019 - 09:25 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2019 - 06:13 AM

View PostBellthorpe, on 25 February 2019 - 07:56 PM, said:



UCB's advice (above) is right on, in my view.

Especially the bit about not drinking from the toilet bowl.
And (more seriously), yes, Katz, you're right. Many many people are sleep deprived and don't know it. Get enough sleep!

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Posted 26 February 2019 - 07:07 AM

View Posthjrw22, on 25 February 2019 - 07:14 PM, said:

Do you recommend any vitamins?

Only vitamins that you're deficient in.

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Posted 26 February 2019 - 04:22 PM

I've read (true*) resting Heart rate can be a leading indicator that you are getting ill.
That is, if it is higher for a few days, it can indicate you are being rundown.

*heart rate the moment you wake up.
(I think this is from Pfitzinger, but maybe another book as well)

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Posted 26 February 2019 - 07:59 PM

DO NOT leave the house, or even better don't leave the bedroom, if you don't share one.

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Posted 26 February 2019 - 08:15 PM

So probably "wash your hands" and "avoid people" is the consensus.

Thanks everyone for your feedback

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Posted 26 February 2019 - 09:54 PM

That can also indicate that you are tired, or dehydrated.

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 05:53 PM

that can mean anything

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 09:22 AM

Face mask.  Would this be effective?  It would probably get you a bit more space as people stay away wondering if you are sick or whether you are afraid of them being sick.

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 10:32 AM

^ it’s the law in many asian countries to wear one if you’re sick.
altho I do wonder if some wear one simply as a fashion statement.

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 11:30 AM

View Postundercover brother, on 01 March 2019 - 10:32 AM, said:

^ it’s the law in many asian countries to wear one if you’re sick.
altho I do wonder if some wear one simply as a fashion statement.

Maybe due to poor air quality too in some places - especially when commuting.

If people get a bit jittery if they see someone wearing a face mask I wonder what would happen if you put on a biohazard type suit with full helmet and dedicated air supply.  I reckon you'd get a seat on the train.  Maybe even the whole carriage to yourself.  :)

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 11:44 AM

yeah both.
I remember doing the full ‘space suit’ training around the time of the last Ebola outbreak.
those things arent comfy.

Edited by undercover brother, 01 March 2019 - 11:44 AM.


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Posted 01 March 2019 - 11:47 AM

View Postundercover brother, on 01 March 2019 - 11:44 AM, said:

yeah both.
I remember doing the full 'space suit' training around the time of the last Ebola outbreak.
those things arent comfy.

I wonder if anyone has run a marathon in one.  Perhaps raising funds for vaccines or treating diseases or whatever.

Edited by Stej, 01 March 2019 - 11:48 AM.


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Posted 01 March 2019 - 11:55 AM

^ or as a research project into exercise related hyperthermic illness.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 12:31 PM

View Postundercover brother, on 25 February 2019 - 05:55 PM, said:

wash hands.

Make that: "wash hands PROPERLY"

I can't find it right now but there was a study that tested people coming out of a public toilet (as in "Hi!  I need to swab your hands for some research.  Thanks!"  Nothing strange about that.) that found the quality of hand washing was very, very poor.

So, here's my public service announcement (although it is probably more a matter of compliance that really not knowing) (from WHO).  Still not 100% protective but lots better than not doing or not doing proper like:


How do I wash my hands properly?

Washing your hands properly takes about as long as singing "Happy Birthday" twice,
using the images below.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 12:49 PM

this reminds me of the one time I have traversed through Avalon airport (Geelong).
was in the mens, had finished and washing my hands.
a dude was obviously looking for the paper towel and couldnt find it.
walked into a stall and dried his hands on toiler paper.
can I say he was asian?

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 02:56 PM

Or when someone coughs over their hands, wipes their nose and then wants to shake your hand.  Maybe a polite nod will suffice?

At first I didn't want a mixer tap in the bathroom.  But now I like it.  You can turn it on and off with your elbows!  Or maybe now that everything is getting "smart" activated we will see voice activated taps.  Or at least proximity sensor taps.  Or maybe android scrub nurses armed with buckets of chlorhexidine.  What fun!

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 05:06 AM

View Posthjrw22, on 25 February 2019 - 07:14 PM, said:

Do you recommend any vitamins?
Hi HJRW22,

As radical as this sounds, Mrs Bushrunner favours vitamin C (about 1000 mg x 2 times a day) and zinc.  She usually goes most winters without a cold.

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 06:53 AM

One "cold" in last 30 years from memory........the year I had a flu shot.

Non believer.

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 11:50 AM

Every time my son walks past coughing and spluttering everywhere, go for a run.

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 04:20 PM

We (Australia) have run out of all Private Flu Vax. A few places still have some stocks. Not me! We are still getting some Government for sub 5YO and over 65YO. Keeping about 2 meters from sick and sneezing types and washing hands

Eat well and run more is my tip for not getting sick. Sod the supplements. Total rip off in my view (unless your Doctor or dietician suggested them. ) I do not mean the alternative types who who claim to be Doctors  who do not, for good reasons, work in Hospitals or real healthcare.

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 11:14 AM

Avoid shared tin cans.  In you can.  This covers trains, trams, buses, cars, aeroplanes.  It's amazing that more people don't get sick from exposure in these environments.  Anyone showing really bad hygiene in these environments should be ejected.

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 06:54 PM

What Stej said. Avoid environments where lots of people gather together with minimal airflow and touching surfaces.
It's not the cold that gets you if you're dressed warm enough, it's the environments where microbes have the opportunity to be transmitted because the room is closed up with no fresh air.
The old fashioned disease prevention tips still apply. Keep you hands clean, keep you hands away from your face, assume surfaces in places where people congregate are contaminated, avoid exposure to used tissues. If you get sick self quarantine yourself at home to avoid passing on the microbes - "presence-ism" when sick in the workplace is a real thing, next thing you know the rest of your office is sick.

Edited by Spectre, 01 June 2019 - 06:55 PM.


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Posted 01 June 2019 - 08:11 PM

GP waiting rooms, don't touch the magazines, even if there's a decent centrefold.

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 08:39 PM

View Postriffraff, on 01 June 2019 - 08:11 PM, said:

GP waiting rooms, don't touch the magazines, even if there's a decent centrefold.
What if there's an indecent centrefold?

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 09:29 AM

View Postriffraff, on 01 June 2019 - 08:11 PM, said:

GP waiting rooms, don't touch the magazines, even if there's a decent centrefold.

If you're not sick a;ready the GP waiting room is a great place to pick up a lurgy.