Winter bugs - how to avoid them!

Horrible winter bugs are everywhere – colds, flu, and even the dreaded norovirus. So how do we protect ourselves? We’ve put together some top tips to help you battle the bugs.
  • Hand-washing – the NHS Direct website says the best way to prevent the spread of norovirus is thorough hand-washing after each visit to the toilet. “Use soap and warm water to kill and bugs and germs,” says the website. Hand-washing can also prevent the spread of colds and flu.
  • Disinfectant – disinfect any surfaces that could be contaminated with the virus, including toilets, bathroom surfaces and door handles.
  • Use separate towels and flannels – don’t share. That might mean more laundry, but so be it.
  • Vitamin C – The NHS website says there’s no evidence that this can prevent colds, although a daily dose can slightly reduce the length and severity of the cold.
  • Echinacea – There is some evidence that this can protect against colds but it’s not conclusive. 
  • Zinc – Studies show that zinc supplements can speed up recovery from a cold and reduce the severity of symptoms.
  • Flu vaccine – If you’re in the “at risk” categories defined by the NHS, it’s recommended that you should get a flu vaccine. 
  • Garlic – a soup made with more than 50 cloves of garlic could protect you from colds, flu, and even norovirus, according to the Daily Mail. Although that’s probably because nobody wants to come anywhere near you.
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