Why is a Strong Immune System Important During Cold and Flu Season?
December 24, 2020
During the colder months, it‚s hard to get away without catching a common cold or flu. The flu viruses survive longer and are more easily transmitted in the dry and cold air. By simply coming in contact with airborne droplets of an infected person, touching a contaminated surface like a doorknob, or skin-to-skin contact with a sick person, you‚re more likely to get infected. Although flu and cold have similar symptoms, different viruses cause them. Most people experience feverish chills, cough, fatigue, headache, a stuffy nose, and sore throat during the cold and flu season. Generally, common colds are milder than flu, and they don‚t result in serious health problems. The good news is there are simple and actionable steps you can take every day to keep you from getting flu and cold. The most important one is to wash your hands after touching something communal such as handrails, doorknobs, or shopping trolleys. Steer clear of crowded in-door places like public malls and subways. And avoid sharing cups, plates, cutlery, or towels unless they are washed thoroughly between use. It may take one to two weeks to recover from a cold or flu, depending on how healthy you are. You should stay at home during this time until you feel better. Although taking precautions is good, the best way to protect yourself from getting sick during the cold and flu season is ‚ to strengthen your immune system.