How to Prevent Getting Ill This Winter
As the cold winter months approach there has been a noticeable dip in temperature throughout the UK in recent weeks. As temperatures continue to slide and we all spend less time in the great outdoors the increased risk of catching colds, flus, bugs and infections increases dramatically.
Fortunately there are a number of precautionary measures we can all take to minimise the risks of infections and typical day to day illnesses that leave us feeling run down and weary. These same measures also help to reduce the spread of germs should you become unfortunate enough to catch a cold! Your colleagues and family members will thank you for helping to not pass germs on!
Out top 5 tips for protection from infection are all simple common sense measures which will give you the best possible chance of staying fit and healthy throughout the long, dark winter.
1. Frequent Hand Washing – We all know we should be doing it and there really is no excuse. Our hands come into contact with germs and bacteria throughout the day so regular hand washing can make all the difference. Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands after visits to the toilet but also consider the germs and bacteria living on your keyboard, door handles, light switches and in general public areas. It is in these instances when a compact alcohol hand rub such as Purell Advanced Hand Rub can make all the difference. Prices for a 59ml pump bottle start from £2.00 and they are perfect for keeping in your handbag, on your desk and in your car.
2. Cover Your Mouth When Coughing or Sneezing – Whenever we cough or sneeze microscopic droplets are released into the air. Even if you don’t feel ill a disease causing microbe may already be developed and dividing within your system. That’s why it is essential to cover your mouth. Best practice guidelines currently state that our mouths should be covered by our arms or sleeves to prevent germs getting onto our hands and being easily passed on via touch. Should someone in your workplace get a cold why not make sure you’ve topped up on Facial Tissues to help give them added comfort whilst feeling below par.
3. Don’t Share – They normally say sharing is caring but not when it comes to good personal hygiene! Towels, toothbrushes, razors and hankies can all on occasions be convenient to share but we don’t not recommend it for one second. They can all harbour nasty germs and sharing these items is one of the easiest ways to pass on an infection
4. Resist Touching Your Face – Our nose, eyes and mouths are warm, moist environments where bacteria love to live. If you can resist rubbing your eyes, touching your mouth or heaven forbid picking your nose then you will have taken a big step towards spreading infections. Should you have no alternative simply use a hand cleanser afterwards to quickly neutralise any bacteria. No Germs Alcohol Free Hand Sanitiser can provide up to 4 hours protection from one application.
5. Watch the News – Being fully cognisant of current affairs can give you the upper hand. Has there been a sudden outbreak of the flu in your local area? Has norovirus reared its ugly head at nearby hotel or restaurant? Information is power and when you know of trouble hotspots you can avoid them or indeed take extra precautions.
We hope you find these hints and tips useful and we wish all of our customers a fit and illness free Winter.