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Be Social To Be Well, Even During Cold and Flu Season
Created on 12/14/2010

"Stay away from people or you'll get a cold!"

Did you ever hear that advice? Maybe from from one of your parents or grandparents?

The advice was certainly well-intentioned.

After all, the less we're around people who are sick with a cold or the flu, the less likely we'll get sick, right?

Well, only kind of...

Yes, if you're around a lot of people odds are you'll be exposed to the viruses that cause colds and the flu. But even if you're not surrounded by folks on a regular basis you're still very likely to be in contact with viruses. They' re pretty much everywhere.

However, the human body and its immune system are resilient.

And guess what?

Being around people seems to make them even MORE resilient.

It's true. Studies suggest that being social, getting connected, helps keep our immune systems functioning optimally well and can actually help prevent us from "catching" a cold or the flu.

Of course, be smart - wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and do your best to avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes frequently with your hands. Don't hang around too long with people who are actively coughing all over the place, but you needn't completely avoid them, either. You can certainly say "Hi," wish them well, and catch up for a few minutes. Then wash your hands before moving on to the next person.

It's cold and flu season. It's also the holidays, and being connected and social can help boost immunity and maybe even protect us against the common cold and the flu. Being in community also brings added meaning to the season.

So get out there and share the joy of this special time of the year. Doing so might just help keep you healthy.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
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