Healthy home: How to prevent a cold and keep germs at bay

Find out how to prevent getting a cold and protect yourself from getting viruses in the future.

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Nobody likes being ill - that’s why learning how to prevent a cold before cold and flu Colds can be hard to shake off. We share cold prevention techniques and outline some ways diseases spread so you can protect your family against illness season starts is important. This is especially true if you are in regular contact with people at work or have school-age children as germs can spread quickly in workplaces and schools.

Here we share top tips for cold prevention, as well as explaining key ways diseases spread so you can be sure to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy.

When it comes to cold prevention, washing your hands regularly is one of the easiest measures you can take.

How does the flu spread?

The most common ways in which a flu spreads is:

  • If someone does not properly wash their hands, it can be easy for diseases and viruses to spread.
  • How is the flu spread? Bacteria that cause the flu and other illnesses will cling to any surface, from phones to keyboards. 
  • Coughing into your hands and then touching surfaces around you before washing your hands will leave them contaminated.

How to prevent getting a cold

Knowing how to prevent common cold and flu symptoms is easy with these top five tips:

  1. Ensure you are up to date on your vaccinations.
  2. Wash your hands frequently. This includes before and after visiting anyone you know is unwell, after using the bathroom or preparing food, and after you’ve coughed or sneezed. Antibacterial gels are handy if you need to clean your hands on-the-go.
  3. Avoid coughing or sneezing openly. Instead, use a tissue or the crease of your elbow. This prevents the germs from being on your hands which touch the most surfaces.
  4. Stay home if you’re unwell. This helps prevent other people in your workplace, school and on any public transport on your route from falling ill too.
  5. Clean regularly in areas that are frequently touched. This includes keyboards, phones, stair banisters and bathrooms. You can use bleach-based products like Domestos to keep most household surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom germ-free.

Top ways to prevent the spread of disease

These easy lifestyle changes can help you ward off bacteria and germs that cause colds, viruses and disease:

  • Eat protein. Protein is a major component of building up your immune system.
  • Keep up with basic hygiene. Even if surfaces look clean, bacteria may be lurking. Be sure to keep yourself, home and areas you regularly visit as clean as possible.
  • Use antibacterial gels in public places. Whether it’s rails on buses or the stair banister at work, you don’t know who might have touched it before you. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Wash your hands. Thoroughly washing your hands before eating, after coughing and after coming into contact with someone you know is ill is imperative.

Now you have tips for how to prevent a cold, and understand key ways diseases spread you will be able to ensure you keep yourself and your family safe and healthy.

Find you get colds frequently? Try our tips on how to reduce the risk of spreading colds or how to get rid of colds quickly if you do become ill.

Key Steps

  • Make small lifestyle changes such as coughing into the crook of your elbow to help protect yourself from falling ill.
  • Stay home if you’re unwell to help prevent others from catching diseases.
  • Regularly wash your hands or use antibacterial gels while out and about.

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