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Monday, February 18, 2008 METRO 11

Most of us struggle into work with colds

So, what is Urban Life? Urban Life is Metro’s innovative study of ‘Urbanites’ – young professionals working full time in Greater Dublin. Every year, we will research the opinions, attitudes and lifestyles of up to 2,000 Metro readers, asking their views on everything from current affairs to cool brands, environmental issues to mustsee movies, mobile phones to multiculturalism.

What do I get out of it? ACUTE viral nasopharyngitis is a highly contagious disease being spread across the globe with no known cure. And the bad news is most of us are vulnerable to what is, in fact, the common cold. Four out of five of us have already caught it over the last year. According to Metro’s latest Urban Life poll, 81 per cent of Urbanites have been struck down with a cold in the past 12months. One-third of us have caught it once and another third twice. But spare a thought for the 22 per cent who have suffered even more relapses, some have struggled through five or more colds in the space of a year. Only 19 per cent have gotten away Scot-free. Urbanites are troopers when it comes to colds, however: 61 per cent will go into work but will make sure to dose up on remedies, while 17 per cent will head to work and forgo the medicines. Some 13 per cent will do a few hours but then feel sorry for themselves and go home early, while a wussy eight per cent will immediately phone in sick and take a day or two off work.

The results of your opinions will help to fuel a large number of stories in Metro next year. As if that wasn’t enough, we’re also giving away e27,000 in prizes – hundreds of e30 HMV vouchers and one e1,000 cash prize after each of our main surveys. And if you stay with us for a whole year and complete five or more of our six main surveys, you will be entered into our prize draw for one e3,000 cash prize.

What’s involved? Taking part is easy. Urban Life comprises six main surveys. All surveys are online, so you can take them any time of day or night that suits you (within our survey periods). We’ll email you when each one is ready to complete, with each one taking only about 15min.

Sign me up now Cold shoulder: Most Urbanites will go into work with a cold, but eight per cent will call in sick

When it comes to attempting prevention over cure by using vitamin and mineral tablets, Urbanites have mixed feelings. While a quarter say supplements are ‘essential to my wellbeing’, ten per cent think they are a waste of

money, while three per cent think they can harm you. Of course, the cold isn’t the only thing we’ve been suffering from. Three-quarters of Urbanites have endured headaches in the past 12months, about a third of which

were migraines. Hayfever was the next most common affliction, affecting 31 per cent. More than a quarter of us experienced both nightmares and insomnia during the year, while 11 per cent got food poisoning.

If you are interested in taking part in Urban Life, please go to the website, www.myurbanlife.ie/join, and follow the simple instructions. Alternatively, FREE TEXT to 50100 to register your interest. Text TNS (space) first name (space) e-mail address (for example, text TNS then your name, then, yourname@emailaddress.ie). Places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

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