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I Got The Misery; How Can Airport Employees Stay Healthy

Thu Jan 20, 2005 2:16 pm

Folks, if this has been covered in previous threads, please don't have kittens or Kirk out on me for this one. I'm very good at Internet searches but, for whatever reason at A Net my track record is about as good as Corky attempting driving "Life Goes On," ABC TV.

So, without further ado, my latest thread regards airline employees getting sick. It seems, the airport is a virtual smorgasbord of nasty cold, flu and viral infections. From Halloween through at least President's Day Weekend if it is circulating at the airport well then by golly we get it. Almost as absolute as death and taxes we get sick. With the exception of a little winter storage/love handles, I'm able bodied and exercise regularly at least 5 days a week when I'm not entertaining and enlightening at the ticket counter or Gates. Lets hear your tales and most of all, please share whatever remedies you have that eliminate or at least minimize the bug. Especially this season, it is as persistent as Americas Home Videos. Just does not want to go away. I know about Vitamin C, plenty of water, chicken soup and green tea. What else have you got?  Angry
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Thu Jan 20, 2005 4:06 pm

Cold-Eeze's. These thing taste awful, but I swear by them. I think they have zinc and vitamin C in them, I dunno, but I used to go into the doctor's twice a year with crud I caught at the airport and she got me hooked on them. And I know what you mean, the airport is the number one place to catch something. I worked in a cross-functional station, and if you weren't catching something from the passengers at the counter, you got it from folding blankets or standing at the end of a beltloader in 10 degree weather.

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I Got The Misery; How Can Airport Employees Stay Healthy

Thu Jan 20, 2005 4:23 pm

Im not gonna lie to ya...

I have been on the Atkins diet for 2 months or so now. I used to have migranes...they dissapeared. I used to always be hungry...that went away. I used to always be more.

I used to be sick alot, always feeling stuffed up. That is no longer the case.

Strange, maybe no corrolation...but its ironic.  Smile

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I Got The Misery; How Can Airport Employees Stay Healthy

Thu Jan 20, 2005 4:33 pm


Seriously, I handle things that have been handled by 10-20-30 people in different parts of the country and the world, then go out and come in contact with 80-100 people a day, elevators, door handles, you name it. So what do it carry a bottle of hand sanitizer and wash my hands at any opportunity I get. Considering all that, I stay pretty healthy.

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I Got The Misery; How Can Airport Employees Stay Healthy

Fri Jan 21, 2005 1:29 am

In addition to all of the above mentioned suggestions, try to always get a good night's sleep. This will help ensure that your don't run your system down and become more susceptable to "bugs" that are floating around. It may also help to make sure you get a flu shot. The flu vaccine shortage that we had earlier has been corrected and there is now plenty available for all.

One of our news programs recently ran a story about avoiding cold bugs, their medical experts had the same advice you did, wash hands frequently and don't touch your nose or mouth between washings. Great advice!
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I Got The Misery; How Can Airport Employees Stay Healthy

Fri Jan 21, 2005 1:33 am

Another suggestion along the lines of the above is to try and keep a good balance in your life. In your free time, get out of the house, go for a walk or have some good vigerous exercise (great for releaving stress, which does depress your immune system), in short anything that allows you to de-stress and relax.

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Fri Jan 21, 2005 6:50 am

Not to take a dig, but some of those immigration and security employees need to try a good, positive attitude..stop acting surly and macho like they're mad they have a job..
Other than that, all the previous suggestions seem worthwhile..
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Fri Jan 21, 2005 7:32 am

Sounds from your references that you watch way too much TV so first of all get out from behind the tube and move around. I don't know what you a/l job is but if your at the counter or gates breathing in all the passenger exhaust then I totally understand the susceptibility. Been there, done that. Once I went to ramp and away from the high humidity breeding ground I got less colds.

Since susceptibility is the problem work on building up resistance. Sleep, or lack of it was my main problem. Get 7 hours. Stay WAY out of bars. Alchohol lowers resistance. Try Echinecia every time you get that slightly fuzzy feeling that signals contamination. Keep it handy, even at work. Zinc lozenges have a decent reputation. Wash hands often. Tickets, bags, boarding passes ect can be infested. Use Listerine and not some sugar flavored water. Alchohol swaps on all phones you use. Buy them at any Walgreens.

I wish Americans would adopt the wonderful habits of the Japanese and wear the paper masks to prevent the spread and receivership of those nastys but until then just think prevention. Again - Stay out of bars. NO SMOKING. It just irratates the lungs further. If your serious you can sure whittle down the odds.
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Fri Jan 21, 2005 7:42 am

One word Zippy: yoga.

Have not been "under the weather" since I started two years ago. Before that, twice a year minimum.
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Fri Jan 21, 2005 8:18 am

Hi there,
I don't know if you have over there in the US, but in Britain something called "Echinacea" is the big thing for getting rid of colds. You can buy it in health food shops, and you take it at the first sign of a cold. I used to teach science in British state schools, and so like you lot, I used to get any bugs that were floating around; but no more!!

Airportugal 310 - I completely agree about the Atkins diet. Since switching to a very low carbohydrate diet I feel so much better, with lots more energy with which to chase the Bunsen burner-wielding children....!! Big grin


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Fri Jan 21, 2005 8:35 am

Everything I do to try to stay healthy are things that others have said above. ColdEeze, balanced meals, get enough rest, stay hydrated, practice exceptionally good hygene, and (being on the ramp is beneficial for this one) avoiding the concourses as much as possible.

Every now and then cases of oranges will show up in our breakrooms. I guess the company really does believe that the best way to keep insurance costs down is to prevent getting sick.
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RE: I Got The Misery; How Can Airport Employees Stay Healthy

Fri Jan 21, 2005 6:39 pm

Outstanding advice from all. BTW, I have one of those memories for TV trivia however, when off from work, I do exercise as a matter of fact, swim! I forgot to add in the original thread starter apple cider Vinegar. Preferably the natural brands from a health food outlet such as Whole Foods/Fresh Fields. At BWI, temperature regulation sucks. I guess the state of Maryland has a secret pact with the big energy conglomerates because the facility by and large is way overheated! A few weeks ago, I called the HVAC people; they came out with their little meat thermometers. Behind our ticket counter the temperature was 76 degrees F! And this was on a December day! Another temperature reading in our concourse D rendered 82 degrees F. And, they just roll their eyes and I guess fantasize about their next three day State holiday weekend. At BWI, during the cooler seasons the best thing to do is dress in layers. When down our jet ways, I don a jacket when the temperature is below 50. During the summer months, our jet ways are hot enough to roast a turkey. But, I love my job and just take State operation and ownership with a grain of salt, ecchineacea and Vitamin C.  Big thumbs up

BTW: Those temperature readings were taken during slow periods when flight loads were very light!
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