Christmas time – mistletoe, wine and unfortunately, the lurgies.
Recent research has proved that wasting antibiotics on colds and flu does no help you recover and will only contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
As reported by WHO (World Health Organisation), taking antibiotics as a quick-fix for viral infections (colds, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, many sinus and ear infections):
- will not cure the infection
- will not keep other people from getting sick
- will not help you or your child feel better
- may cause unnecessary and harmful side effects
- may contribute to antibiotic resistance, which is when bacteria are able to resist the effects of an antibiotic and continue to cause harm.
However, there are still many ways of avoiding illness, even at this time of year.
1. Avoid close contact
Although we might be impartial to a few kisses on the cheek around Christmas, especially under the mistletoe – this is one sure way to catch something. The fact that people are at their most contagious before the symptoms appear, makes this a tricky one, so please choose your seasons greetings wisely.
3. Catch your sneezes WITH A TISSUE
Remember to keep tissues on you at all times to prevent those around you from getting sick. The Daily Mail recently reported: “SPLUTTERS THAT BREAK SPEED LIMIT” with an amazing (but gross) slo-mo video of what actually happens when we sneeze. Daily Mail also reports some evidence of sneezes shooting out at 100mph with top speeds of 220mph or more!
4. Clean your hands
Wash your hands regularly and carry around an alcohol-based hand rub at all times. This is especially important if the above does not apply and CRUCIAL if you are prepping Christmas lunch.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill (which they likely will be in December!). Get plenty of sleep, keep your vitamin levels up, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
The Pro Hygiene Collection® wishes good health to you all this Christmas and in the new year.