Cold is a common infection which is caused by the inflammation of the mucous membrane of your nose or throat.
It can be very uncomfortable when you have a cold or very disturbing to be around someone who has it. The fear of catching it can even weaken your immune system before you are made prone to it. Here are some tips to reduce your risk of catching a cold.
Avoiding touching your face too often.
Touching your face often, especially with unwashed hands, puts you at a higher risk of catching a cold. The viruses that cause colds can enter your body through your nose, ears and eyes. Keeping your hands off your face is one way to prevent it altogether.
Wash your hands regularly.
In the spirit of not touching your face, make it a habit to wash your hands frequently. Even more so after touching and holding surfaces, visiting the toilet, or returning from a public place. The best way to do it is with soap under running water.
Get enough sleep.
A good night sleep will reduce your risk of catching a cold. Research by Aric Prather, a psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco, proves that sleep is very vital in protecting us from cold and other infections.
Drink lots of fluids
Consuming a good amount of water, fruit juices or electrolyte-containing fluids helps blood move about freely in the body, making it easier for white blood cells to fight off viruses that cause colds.
Maintain a distance from people with colds.
Colds are highly communicable; they are easily transmitted from person to person through the air. Droplets from an infected person can reach you in a matter of seconds and put you at risk. The best thing to do is to practice social distancing from infected persons. If that isn’t entirely possible, wear a mask.
Colds aren’t deadly but we know how uncomfortable they can make our lives. Follow these tips to keep yourself and others safe.