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Falling ill is unpleasant and, depending on its severity, an illness can stop you in your tracks. Knowing what to do when you become sick is important – you need to take appropriate action to look after yourself and also to protect others from catching it.
1. Access Medical Advice
One of the very best things you can do when you fall ill is get checked over by a medical practitioner. Of course, not all illnesses occur within convenient business hours, so it is both helpful and reassuring that medical services are still available at night, on weekends, and even on public holidays. For example, Doctor To You is an Australian company that can provide you with an after hours doctor in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and several other cities. When you access this service, a qualified and experienced GP will visit you in your home, assess your condition, and recommend the appropriate course of action.
2. Contain Your Germs
When you feel like you are getting sick (and certainly if you are already ill), stop the spread of your germs. When you can feel an illness coming on, it is very likely you are contagious and it’s a good idea not to share drinks, and to cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. Be aware that when coughing or sneezing into your hands, you will inevitably touch surfaces after this and your virus will spread. To avoid the spread of your germs, try to cough and sneeze into your elbow instead.
When you are sick, or when you know that sickness is approaching, get as much rest as possible. Rest is critical for good health and recovery from illness – your body needs opportunity to heal. Some people take a break from exercise while they are ill, but if you feel able, walking and other light exercise can be beneficial. However, if a fever is one of your symptoms and you feel like you are getting the flu, taking a break from exercise is advisable.
4. Keep Hydrated
When you are ill, staying hydrated is essential. If you have a fever, understand that your body is losing more fluids than usual and you need to stay hydrated. In most cases, drinking only water is absolutely fine. Sports drinks can also be consumed, particularly if they help you to get more fluids in, but be aware that some are full of sugar. Get back on to the water as soon as possible after you start to feel better.
5. Stay at Home
You may be thinking of all the things you need to do and all the things that need to get done, but when you are sick and contagious, keep comfortable and get well at home. Staying away actually shows respect for those you work with, as no one wants to catch another’s germs or sit next to someone who is sneezing, coughing and spluttering all over the place! When you rest and recover at home, you will heal more quickly and help to prevent a cold or flu running right through your workplace.
When you are ill, or can feel yourself falling ill, take precautions to reduce the risk of others contracting your illness and to give yourself the best possible chance of a speedy recovery.
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