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darkriver BS: air conditioning.. health tips ? (21) RE: BS: air conditioning.. health tips ? 21 Oct 05


It's unlikely that you can catch a cold or the flu from an air-conditioning system.

That said, there may be problems with any air-conditioner, depending on the size, age, and construction of the building, and on the laxness or strictness of health-regulation enforcement in your community.

sIx mentioned mold. Legionnaire's Disease stems from air conditioning system water that may collect. So for health tips here, make sure the AC is strictly inspected and kept up to code.

As other people have mentioned, the best you can do to take care of yourself when you're around people is
--keep your hands to yourself
--keep your hands away from your mouth or nose
--don't handle your lunch until you've washed your hands thoroughly
--in fact, wash your hands often
--sanitize any commonly-shared items (phone, keyboards, etc.) before using
--drink plenty of water

I do all the above. I've worked in a public office for years, and haven't had a cold in over a year nor the flu in over 5 years.

One more thing: don't fret.


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