Eight Practical Ways to Protect Yourself from Colds and Flu

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For those living in the northern hemisphere, the fall or autumn months bring cooler temperatures, and greater susceptibility to colds and influenza or ‘flu.

The last five years have seen deeper understandings of the nature and cycles of viruses underlying flu and cold symptoms. It is now recognized that a virus can actively live on a surface for as long as 48 hours and carries the potential to infect as long as it remains alive and active.

Most viruses are passed along from person to person through the transference of body fluids.

While it is virtually impossible not to come in contact with a virus, it is far more possible to avoid the effects of a virus and consequently catching a cold or flu.

The suggestions below can help to avoid the effects of virus contact:

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