Should you go to work with a common cold?

When did ‘feeling a tad off’ get so complicated?

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So you’ve got the sniffles. Nothing too bad, but a cold nonetheless. Coughing here and there. You’re a bit wheezy and sneezy, but no one would really notice.

So should you go to work with a cold – even if it is mild?

While some people may feel pressure to show up at work from a financial and managerial ‘pressure’ perspective, turning up for work with a cold is not a good idea.

Why? It’s the first few days of a cold when you’re most contagious, even though these are the days when you don’t necessarily feel that bad – yet.

If you have a mild cough, sore throat, sneezes are just feeling a tad off, limit your exposure to others, especially vulnerable or high at-risk groups.

And, let’s not forget the elephant in the room, COVID-19. “Cold and flu symptoms can be very similar to the symptoms of COVID-19. Even if your symptoms are mild, get tested for COVID-19 immediately,” advises Australia’s official health advice website, healthdirect.

Then there’s the flu. According to the Doherty Institute, we should expect to see more cases of influenza in this year, stating: “Australia may even have an autumn surge. This occurred last year, where influenza cases rose sharply in May, and peaked by June. That’s two months earlier than the five-year average pre-COVID.”

So what can you do to beat the colds and flu this winter? Take control of your health!

1. Make sure your annual flu vaccine is up to date

Get vaccinated against influenza early, before the flu becomes a problem in the community. According to the Australian Immunisation Register database, only about 40 per cent of those eligible were vaccinated against influenza in 2022. Vaccinations are recommended for all people 6 months of age and older. Find out if you’re eligible for a free vaccine here.

2. Minimise your contact with others

Both colds and flu are very contagious viral infections. According to healthdirect, “If you have a cold or flu and you sneeze or cough, tiny droplets of fluid containing the virus are launched into the air. These droplets spread about one metre and are suspended in the air for a while so they can be breathed in by someone else who may then become infected.

“These tiny droplets of fluid can also land on surfaces. Anyone who touches these surfaces can catch a cold or flu if they pick up the virus on their hands and then touch their nose or mouth.”

3. Get plenty of rest

The flu, or influenza, is a viral infection that can cause fever, coughing, fatigue, body aches and pains, headaches, and vomiting in children.

Colds have similar symptoms to the flu, including cough, sore throat, blocked or runny nose, and sneezing, but typically no body aches or pain, and fever and vomiting is rare.

If you have a sore throat, chesty cough, blocked nose, pain or fever*, Chemists’ Own offer quality Australian brand medications to help.

Most healthy people recover from a cold or flu within 7-10 days. Visit for info on when to see a doctor.

In the meantime, treatment for colds and flu symptoms requires plenty of rest, drinking lots of water or fluids to stay hydrated, keeping warm, and loading up on healthy fruit and vegetables.

If you have a sore throat, blocked nose, pain or fever, cough or cold or sneezes, Chemists’ Own offer quality Australian brand over-the-counter medications at value for money. Think paracetamol and ibuprofen for fever*, aches and pain, throat lozenges, saline nasal sprays for and decongestants for blocked or runny noses, steam inhalation devices and more.

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