Winter infections

Cold, flu, COVID and other respiratory illnesses are more common in colder months. People are indoors more often, allowing viruses and bacteria to pass more easily from one person to another. The cold, dry air may also weaken your resistance and immune response, increasing the risk of infections.

Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of getting ill and spreading infections:

  • Hand-washing is one the most effective ways to stop germs from spreading, regularly washing hands in soap and warm water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser when out and about can help you to stay well and not pass on germs
  • Sneeze or cough into tissues or your elbow to avoid passing on germs
  • Throw away any used tissues immediately
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands as germs often spread this way
  • Make sure the cups and dishes you or your house members use when ill are cleaned properly using soap and hot water
  • It is also recommended to get the flu jab and COVID vaccination if you are eligible. By getting vaccinated, you will drastically reduce your chances of getting ill and prevent spreading it on to vulnerable members of the community

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