SOME 40 percent of Spaniards stay away from work and school if they go down with a cold.
A study undertaken by Vicks entitled “Effects of the Common Cold in Spain” showed that of this figure, 20 percent suffering from the virus paid a visit to the doctor, four percent said they stayed at home to recuperate, another four percent said that they didn't carry on with their normal lives for fear of passing the cold on to companions and friends and three percent claimed there was no point in their going to work or school because they felt so under the weather that they wouldn't be able to perform anywhere near up to standard.