As temperatures drop and the nights are getting colder- colds and flu are the order of the day. With the winter season quickly approaching here are a few tricks to beat the cold weather! But before we get into what you can do to prevent spending days in bed nursing a cold or flu let’s differentiate between the two.

Cold: A common viral infection of the nose and throat. It can be caused by many different types of viruses. The condition is generally harmless, and the symptoms usually resolve themselves within two weeks.

Symptoms include: Runny nose

Sneezing

Congestion

 

* If a high fever occurs, go to the doctor.

 

Flu: A common viral infection that can cause serious health problems, such as pneumonia or bacterial infections, and can even lead to hospitalisation.

Symptoms include: Fever

Chills

Muscle ache

Coughing

Congestion

Runny Nose

Headache

Fatigue

 

  • WASH YOUR HANDS: Wash your hands regularly, preferably with warm water, and apply a good lather of soap. Remember to do this regularly in order to prevent the spreading of germs.
  • REST: It is important to stay well rested as this helps your body direct its energy towards strengthening your immune system and fighting off the cold and flu viruses.
  • KEEP WARM: Keep warm and try your best to keep your body away from the cold. Also keep away from air-conditioned air.
  • DRINK WATER: Keep your body hydrated as dehydration may occur if you are running a fever or vomiting.
  • THROW AWAY USED TISSUES: Used tissues can harbour germs that can contaminate any surface they meet. So, make sure you throw tissues away after use.
  • STAY AWAY FROM SICK PEOPLE: Stay away from sick friends and family members if you can.
  • SANITIZE: Keep a hand sanitiser in your bag. If you are unable to get to soap and water, a hand sanitiser can help in killing cold and flu germs.
  • EAT HEALTHY FOOD: Eat vegetables and fruits. This will help boost your immune system and keep it strong.