It’s winter. The time of year when the days are gloomy, cold weather affects our travel plans and, unfortunately, many of us have to deal with colds and flu. Whilst there is no cure for the common cold, there are certain steps to take in order to try and prevent one.
With 200 strains of the cold virus around we are all susceptible to cold germs, but the easiest and most effective way to avoid catching a cold or flu is by washing your hands regularly. Always wash your hands after using the toilet, touching door handles or, if you’re in an office, after using computer equipment or telephones. Although many colds are transferred in the air, it is easier to catch one by transferring the virus by touch. Washing your hands with soap and water, or with an alcohol hand-cleaner (it is advisable to carry one of these around in your pocket or handbag – it kills 99% of germs), helps to prevent those germs from transferring onto your own hands. Until you have washed your hands, avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes – these are three of the most vulnerable places to kick-start a cold.
Keeping gloves on whilst using public transport is another example of how to prevent a cold or flu. More often than not, cold and flu viruses are picked up from people we do not know, in confined areas like train carriages. Imagine how many people with colds have come into contact with seats and handrails on trains, without washing their hands beforehand. Gloves will stop these germs from touching your own skin.
Always make sure you are wrapped up warm in the winter. Exposure to cold air and water will most likely breed a cold or strain of flu. Also, make sure you eat a balanced diet of healthy fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables which contain high levels of vitamin C will help to prevent an outbreak of cold or flu happening in the first place. Your immune system will work much better!
Whilst the flu jab does not entirely eradicate the chances of catching a cold or flu virus, it helps to prevent them from happening and builds up your body’s resistance. Book in for a flu jab at your local surgery, supermarket or pharmacy.
If you take all of these steps and are still unfortunate enough to come down with a cold or flu virus, there are plenty of products on the market that can help you through it. You can search for medical supplies using Directory Store, a free business listings online.