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Will working while sick pro-long the sickness?

Asked by jabag11 (670 points ) January 30th, 2011

I mean mental work. Right now I have the coughs and a runny nose, I am taking vitamin C, fluids and all that stuff but there’s just a lot of work i want to get done. Some research on some things and other mental work. I would be doing this all day every day, of course with breaks.

So I ask, if I do this, will it pro-long the duration of my sickness? I mean i heard you can’t really get “rid” of a sickness or “cure it”, as it usually lasts 7 days. So if you can’t really cure it then i’m thinking maybe you can’t pro-long it as easy neither. ??

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gailcalled's avatar

You can’t change the duration of a cold, so do whatever your cotton-brain allows you. Often, thinking and concentrating is difficult when combined with aches, chills, runny nose, cough and fatigue.

jabag11's avatar

@gailcalled are you sure of this??

BY THE WAY PEOPLE I HAVE BEEN FULLY RESTING FOR 2 STRAIGHT DAYS.

marinelife's avatar

You won’t be concentrating well or thinking clearly. You might shorten your cold is you get rest and take Zicam.

janbb's avatar

Do whatever feels comfortable for you. You can’t shorten or lengthen the duration of the cold as long as you don’t do anything stupid. If you brain works, use it.

CaptainHarley's avatar

If you’re running a fever, it’s not a good idea to try to work at much of anything, but if there’s no fever, work could actually help, especially since it tends to take your mind off your sickness.

gailcalled's avatar

@jabag11: If I were theorizing, I would have mentioned it.

jabag11's avatar

@gailcalled you don’t know how happy that makes me, I guess I’ll work but just not real hard….I’m taking your word for it…and others seem to agree with you…if I’m sick for longer than a week, you owe me at least $50 =D

gailcalled's avatar

@jabag11: Note, please that my salient point was to let your brain instruct you. If you feel muzzy, tired, sleepy and not able to concentrate, then go lie down and snooze.

jabag11's avatar

@gailcalled oh yes of course I know thanks again..and by the way, is it the same deal for physical exercise? working out? because I was really hoping to continue working out but I stopped since I got a little sick. I do cardio and weight lifting..

tranquilsea's avatar

Keep working out it may just help you.

I’ve had hundreds of colds and I’ve never let them slow me down one iota.

BarnacleBill's avatar

I go to the office unless I can’t keep my eyes open. I stay away from people and use a lot of lysol spray. I don’t get as much done as if I was feeling 100%, but things do keep moving.

Follow your body’s lead. Work for a bit, then eat something hot, take a short nap, then get up and work some more. You may find that you feel better sitting up and working than laying down.

stratman37's avatar

If you work for the government, there should be no appreciable difference in your productivity!

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