We all know that colds and flu can be spread through coughing and sneezing – but how else might we pick up an infection? Today I discuss the ways these infections can be transmitted, and share a handy infographic to help you avoid catching a bug.
Can you catch a cold from a £5 note handed to you as change when shopping? What about that mouse at the office computer everyone uses?
Cold and flu viruses are more commonly found in the winter and especially so when people around you have the infection. It was once thought that you picked up these infections directly from coughs or sneezes. We now know that it is not as simple as this.
You pick up cold and flu viruses up by touching these ‘infected’ surfaces then transfer them to your nose or mouth. Just observe how often people touch their faces with their hands – scientists tell us that this happens up to 100 times an hour. Try as we may, some habits are hard to break!
Echinacea is a traditional herb known to aid the body in its fight against colds and flu by supporting the immune system – but not all Echinacea is the same! Research shows that the fresher the herb, the more effective the remedy will be, which is why our Echinaforce cold and flu remedies are made using freshly harvested Echinacea.