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Personally, getting sick is a huge detriment to productivity, perhaps the largest. I find I get tired but can't sleep at night (I found a reddit explaining why this may be). Even after the sickness has gone my sleep schedule is severely messed up. I often get nasal congestion during or after the initial sickness and this makes it hard to breathe while I'm laying down.

Every doctor I've talked to said there's nothing you can do about a cold or flu. Is there anything special that should be done 1)if you are starting to feel sick and can tell something is coming on 2)people around you are getting sick (e.g. people you live with or people talk of "something is going around")?

I asked a doctor if remedies like oil of oregano or ecnicia help and he said they haven't been proven to cure anything. However the way I see it they still could help. Do others have a positive experience or is it a waste of money?

I'm sick right now and I could tell it was coming on and the first day I felt anything I started resting. It still got worse. Is there a point of resting even if your illness doesn't force it?

I take a multi vitamin but am not sure if it contains enough of the various ingridients.

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Realize that when doctors say "XXX hasn't been proven to help" what they mean is "no one has funded a study that tests XXX with your condition. So it might help, or it might hurt, or it might do nothing. We have no idea!" –  user939259 Jan 29 at 2:00
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Getting sick is indeed a blow to your productivity. There's not much you can do when you've caught a cold. The best thing you can do is to avoid getting sick in the future:

  • Wash your hands often to clear away all those viruses and bacteria
  • Keep your fingers away from your nose, eyes, mouth
  • Avoid public transportation, best thing is to walk or bicycle your way to work. That will give you healthy exercise and boost your defenses.
  • Stay away from colleagues who are clearly sick or better yet, tell them to go home. Illness is quickly spread when people cough or sneeze.
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It is important to increase your vitamin C intake to well beyond guidelines (it's not dangerous, you just might get a bit itchy all over), to somewhere around 200 - 250 % normal. In addition to vitamin C, vitamin D holds an extremely vital part in the immune system, so it is also important to keep intake high throughout the year, but especially in the winter. I've been taking 100 µg (not a typo) of vitamin D for 1,5 years and I have not had cold or flu in that entire time. Before, I used to be sick twice a year without fail.

I have a feeling some instances wish to keep vitamin D recommendations low, because it is bad for business (= selling medicine). At least in the Nordic countries, the official recommendation of 10 - 15 µg simply is not enough to counter the effects of short daylight during winter.

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I would not recommend large doses of vitamins. Vitamin C's ability to fight colds is "insignificant", say scientists involved in a large study. The same thing appears to be the case for vitamin D. It is however true that children in countries with little daylight need vitamin D supplements, to reduce the risk of various health problems. –  Gruber Jan 30 at 12:44
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