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70 Percent of UK Workers Still Go to Work Even When They Are Ill, Survey Finds

If you’ve got a job and you go to work when you’re sick, you’re not alone: A British survey shows that 70 percent of U.K. workers make the trek to work, despite being sick. More than 40 percent of workers said they did this because they felt their absence would negatively affect their productivity, the Independent said.

With summertime on its way in the northern hemisphere, fewer of us will be getting sick, whether we’re in the U.S. or the U.K., but this topic still deserves attention. Although there is a cold and flu winter “season,” you can suffer from either at any time of the year. Aches, pains, runny noses and missed work are the common signs and symptoms for both you and your employer.

While it may be relatively innocuous and more irritating than dangerous for many people, should you decide to go to work anyway, these common illnesses also present a significant financial burden to your community in the form of billions of dollars spent on cold remedies and doctor’s visits. And if you do go to work or school despite being ill, you’re in danger of making others sick, and forcing them to spend money on treatments, too.

Recognizing early symptoms of a cold or the flu may help you to begin natural treatments early, but prevention continues to be the best medicine. Vitamin D is a potent antimicrobial agent your body produces with exposure to sunshine, capable of killing bacteria, viruses and fungi. With suboptimal levels, your immune system is impaired and you will be more susceptible to infections and illnesses. The best way to get vitamin D is through sensible sun exposure, but if you can’t do that, supplementation with vitamin D3 is also helpful.
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