Can I avoid a cold this year?
The common cold and upper respiratory infections are caused by one of over 200 viruses; the most common being the rhinoviruses and coronaviruses. It is almost impossible to avoid catching a cold: there is no cure, and with so many viruses as the culprit, immunisaton is not possible.
There are steps you can take to help reduce your personal risk or spreading the virus to others:
- Change your toothbrush often and don't share it!
- Wash your hands regularly and properly and avoid touching your nose and eyes. This can help prevent direct contact with the virus. Most people who are infected do not show symptoms for 2 - 3 days and will continue to be contagious while they have symptoms.
- Sneeze and cough into tissues, dispose of them properly and wash your hands. This will help prevent virus containing droplets from entering the air and infecting others.
- Clean surfaces regularly. This will help keep surfaces in your home virus free and limit the risk to family members.
- Use disposable paper towels or air dry your hands. Using a shared towel can spread the virus.
- Keep up a healthy routine. Make sure you get your exercise, eat right, and reduce stress to enhance your immune system.