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How to prevent a common cold?

Please be aware that many surfaces in our environment (like doorknobs, supermarket trolleys etc.) can be contaminated with viruses from people suffering from colds. This allows the viruses causing the common cold to spread and infect people easily. Hence, the most important way to prevent a common cold is to wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water. Not touching the eyes or nose with the fingers will decrease the risk of infection because usually the common cold viruses enter the body via this route. It therefore helps to avoid contact with people suffering from common cold symptoms.

The following basic principles can help protect yourself and your family from catching a cold:

  • Place a cup of water in the room away from electrical appliances to keep the air humidified or use directly a humidifier
  • Have a room temperature around 20–22°C, but only around 18°C in your bedroom
  • Open the window frequently to exchange the dry air from the heater
  • Drink 2–3 litres of water each day

Tissues are virus multipliers. Therefore it is highly recommend to use tissues only once and to bin them straight away.

Maintain a healthy life style:

  • Ensure enough time to recover and sleep
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
  • Healthy diet (fresh good, vegetables on a daily basis)

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