The cold and flu season normally begins as early as October, and can result in severe illnesses, particularly amongst children. Although people in the Arab regions tend to think that cold and flu season does not exist due to the hot climate in the region, the World Health Organization has proven through research that during this time seasonal viruses actually exist there and can cause illnesses and infections. The Arab Hygiene Council outlined a number of useful preventative measures to be taken to reduce the spread of cold and flu across homes, schools, hospitals and other public places.
- Wash your hands for a minimum of 30 seconds at least six times per day and use hand sanitizing products regularly.
- Avoid close contact with people who are infected with the cold and flu viruses. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay at home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent the spread of germs which can infect others with the virus.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with cold and flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get a cold or flu by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with virus causing germs like the flu can help slow the spread of the virus.
In case if you already got sick, taking vitamins and rest is the best way you can overcome the nasty periods.
Wish you a healthy winter season.