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Protecting yourself from germs

Because germs are invisible, it is easy to overlook them. There are many ways we can reduce their spread and impact, as follows;

Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and dry them thoroughly, or use alcoholic hand-rubs, especially after using the toilet, before eating or preparing food or you have a cold or Flu. Our Public Health Service tells us this simple action can reduce sickness and time off school and work, by 50 per cent.

Colds and Flu are spread by direct contact or droplets sprayed up to three metres by a cough or sneeze. To reduce this cough or sneeze into your elbow to contain the spray in an area that is not likely to contaminate others.

Germs may live on surfaces for days. Decontaminate keyboards, phones, doorknobs etc regularly.

Stay away from work, school etc if you have an infectious illness and keep away from people with colds and Flu.

House ventilation is important to reduce damp and dusty conditions which can make things worse.

Do all you can to boost your immune system to fight off infections with things like vitamin C, zinc, selenium, vitamin A and Echinacea. Many medicines sold for colds and flu just treat the symptoms. A moderate fever is a way for the body to fight infection. Do not be too quick to negate this with medicines like paracetamol (acetaminophen). Seek professional advice if in doubt.

Antibiotics do not work against viruses that cause colds and flu, but may be needed should a bacterial infection occur. Some doctors may provide a prescription only to be used if this happens.

Influenza is much more serious than a common cold. Be sure to know the different symptoms.  A Flu vaccine may apply for people with reduced immunity due to age, cancer and immune suppressing medicines or are in regular contact with significant numbers of people.

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