5 Ways to Avoid Spreading Illness
November 8, 2016
With the changing weather, the potential for contracting a cold or the flu increases substantially.
The flu is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza virus—with symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, loss of appetite, and a runny or stuffy nose.
While the common cold and the seasonal flu share many of the same symptoms, colds are often characterised by mild headaches and body aches. Unlike the flu, colds don’t usually require a trip to your GP and can often be treated simply by using over-the-counter medications.
While colds and the flu aren’t generally a concern for individuals of good health, they can be dangerous for older workers and those with pre-existing conditions like asthma. So, while you may be able to handle these illnesses, co-workers, friends, family members or those you come into contact with may not.
As such, it’s important to protect yourself from contracting a cold or the flu altogether in order to prevent the spread of the disease. The following are just a few strategies you can use to keep yourself and those you interact with safe and healthy:
If you do catch a more serious cold or the flu, it may be a good idea to see your GP and to discuss treatment options.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), influenza contributes to about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths each year.