Feeling low? Runny nose? It’s that time of year when many of us get struck down with a cold or flu. ‘Generally, we don’t get more viruses because we’re exposed to colder temperatures, but because we spend more time indoors with people who pass on their germs,’ says Dr Riccardo Di Cuff a (your-doctor.co.uk). Most winter bugs are a nuisance rather than dangerous, but they can still make us feel dreadful. Here’s how to fight them…
Immunity v infection
‘There are more than 200 cold viruses and most of us will catch at least one or two colds every year, but rarely the same virus twice,’ says Dr Roger Henderson*. ‘Once the cold ends, your body has then built up immunity, which will protect you from catching the same virus again.’ The best defence against getting a cold in the first place is a healthy lifestyle. ‘If you’re prone to infections, avoid people who aren’t well and consider taking a vitamin C supplement,’ adds Dr Henderson.
Are you contagious?
While many of us will still try to soldier on with a bug, the risk of spreading germs makes a solid case for staying at home when you have one. In fact, post-pandemic, 69% of British workers feel that it is now unacceptable to go into work if they have a cough or a cold.**
Cold and flu germs are passed on via contact with others. ‘Reducing the transmission of germs is the best way to prevent them entering our body, which would result in us catching a cold or the flu,’ says GP Dr Angeli Kanungo. As sneeze droplets can stay in the air for up to 20 minutes and germs can live on hands for up to three hours, extra vigilant hygiene will prevent you catching, or spreading, illnesses.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Our mum is a SEXPERT
As life imitates television drama, Rowan Pelling reflects on the embarrassment her profession has caused for her two sons
MORE HEARTBREAK FOR THE QUEEN
Whatever the outcome of Prince Andrew’s ugly legal battle in America, his life as a working member of the Royal Family, in my opinion, is over.
Harry and Meghan THE UGLY TRUTH?
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe looks at why 2022 could be more explosive than ever
The 7 signs you should NEVER ignore
With Christmas now a distant memory, this is the time to get those niggling health concerns seen to
Why all calories are NOT equal
We all know that the content of what we eat is vital to our health, and helps our bodies repair, grow and heal. For example, the protein in fish, meat, beans and pulses feeds our muscles, bones and cartilage, helps regulate hormones, and oxygenates our blood. Plus, it keeps our hunger levels down.
A STEP TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT?
Plans for this year’s Earthshot environmental prize are likely to result in a showdown between the Sussex and Cambridge clans, sources close to the charity have revealed.
Time to DECLUTTER
Get your home perfectly streamlined for the season ahead
A weekend escape to PORTO
Expect top tipples and great food in Portugal’s northern wine region
New Year, NEW RUTH!
Why losing those pesky pounds is so important for the star
Max your MOTIVATION!
There’s much more to Slimming World groups than just losing weight
The Forever Virus
The Omicron wave could possibly mark the beginning of the end of the pandemic. What else does the virus have in store for 2022 and the years to come?
THE LONG SHOT
What if we could make a vaccine for pandemic viruses—before they exist?
The Swiss Army Vaccine
There are promising signs that a single vaccine could protect against multiple coronaviruses and variants. But with pharma companies invested in boosters, will anyone pay to develop it?
An Insider's Guide to Andrographis
Andro what? It isn’t as well-known as echinacea or elderberry, but andrographis—or Andrographis paniculata by its Latin name—may deliver even more powerful relief from colds, flu, and other infections.
10 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Immune System
Never as a nation have we been more focused on immunity. But in spite of our best efforts, some all-too-common daily habits may be undermining our resistance to infection. Here are 10 sneaky immune saboteurs, and ways to change them.
Proactive Health Tips to Help Navigate Year 2 of the Pandemic
After months of unfamiliar restrictions and guidelines, pandemic fatigue is affecting how some Americans protect their health. However, experts warn that diligence is still extremely important because new mutations and variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are being discovered. The typical cold and flu season also brings added threats to people’s health and wellness.
Protect Yourself, Your Family From The Flu
Polk County schools are back in session which means your child is likely encountering many viruses every day. To protect their health and that of your family, the Florida Department of Health in Polk County encourages people 6 months of age and older to seek a flu shot on a yearly basis. The flu shot is the best way to protect families and communities against the spread of influenza.
SUMMER IN THE CITIES
Broadway may not re-open until mid September, but tennis offers its own brand of live theatre in the preceding months
An Open Mind: New York's Slam has no shortage of history, but it always evolves
In the last decade, Arthur Ashe Stadium got a roof, and a new Grandstand and Louis Armstrong Stadium debuted.
Many Radical New Applications
For Moderna, going from startup to world-leading vaccine maker was challenging enough. Bringing messenger RNA to flu shots, cancer treatments, and more will be even harder