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GERMANS THE QUICKEST TO THROW A SICKIE.

BRITS may not be the best flu-fighters in Europe - but compared to the Germans we're coldconquering champs.

For they are Hans down the continent's first to hide under the duvet and throw a sickie when the sniffles strike, says a study.

Only 30 per cent try to carry on with their daily lives if their noses get blocked. The rest take to their beds instead of going to work - making them even worse than the French, who are also bigger wimps than us at battling bugs. If only slightly.

Just 43 per cent of Gallic grumblers make the effort to carry on against 45 per cent of Britons, according to Beechams All in One.

But it seems we could all learn about resistance to ailments from the Spanish, with 60 per cent refusing to let the odd sore throat keep them away from the office, and the Italians, with 53 per cent coping.

Must be that combative Latin temperament. . .
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 22, 2008
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