If you've hit the clinic to get that lingering cold looked at and thought it seemed busier than normal, you're right. Genesis Convenient Care Medical Director Dr. Robert Mixsell told OurQuadCities.com that the cold weather, the end of the holidays, and cold and flu season are making clinics busier than usual.

If you're not sick Mixsell tells OurQuadCities.com what doctors beg us to do every winter: Wash our hands frequently. Cough into our elbow. Stay hydrated. Get enough sleep. Plus, in the cold weather, dress warmly.

If you're sick, he suggested making use of Genesis Health System's Telemedicine service. You won't spread your germs, and you can avoid the crowded waiting room!