It is that time of year again and people are doing all they can to stop themselves from getting the common bugs that find their way from person to person faster than the speed of light!
I am thankful that it seems people are becoming more accustomed to hand hygiene being a part of every day life. Sanitisers of various types are much more visible in the community – in public toilets as an alternative to the standard soap and water, in RSL club bistros, at the nail salon, in schools and in the foyers of many hotels and hospitals. It is also much more common for people to carry a pocket sized sanitiser in their handbag or car for when needed. As an isolation nurse I am obsessed with the stuff and thankfully my 12 year old son (and lets face it, he is of that age where cleanliness is not a priority) is now well practised in hand hygiene.
My boyfriend swears by a much more old fashioned method of preventing colds and flus and that is eating garlic with every meal in some form. He has even been known to eat a garlic sandwich at 11pm just because he believes it will help. As a pharmacist’s daughter I am all for whatever medications are required but my boyfriend just sticks to the garlic. He adamantly believes that it is all you need.
I think trying to eat a well balanced diet is probably your best defence against the ills and perhaps staying away from anyone who you know is unwell.
What is it that you do to keep the bugs at bay? Does it work? Do your loved ones think you are crazy for believing it?