A very contagious norovirus, or stomach bug, swept through New Jersey in the last few weeks. I got to experience it firsthand.

Then some kind of rhinovirus, also known as the common cold, went through the family.

The one-two punch has been affecting a lot of families in the Garden State in the last couple of weeks. I was one of the lucky ones to get both.

The stomach bug seemed to fade pretty quickly. It seems to be a 24-hour thing for some and yet for others, it tends to linger for 3 to 4 days.

The best tip that medical professionals recommend is to wash your hands frequently when these outbreaks occur and try to keep yourself away from those infected. The cold virus seemed to hang on for almost a week.

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There are a few things you can do to minimize your chances of getting infected or shorten your cold. If you catch the symptoms early enough, you could keep the virus from spreading to others or getting worse.

They recommend the usual 5 things you can do to prevent getting it or keep it from getting too serious.

Don’t Over-Exert Yourself!

When you’re starting to feel sick, this is not the time to run a few miles or pull an all-nighter for a big project. It’s your chance to rest, recuperate, and let your body recover.

Pushing your limits at this point will take away important energy your body needs to get better  and potentially increase the time it takes to get well.

🤒 Don’t Over-Exert Yourself
🤒 Over the Counter Medicines Can Help
🤒 Avoid Cold and Damp Environments
🤒 Get Enough Sleep
🤒 Drink Plenty of Fluids

Spring is pretty close so we can almost breathe a sigh of relief and get out of the house in more fresh air into our lungs. Until then it looks like this wave of viruses is hopefully starting to wane. Now thanks to a warmer than usual winter we can look forward to an early allergy season. Gesundheit!

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