Monday 6 January 2014

Cold and Flu Season

We are now in the depths of cold and flu season.  We may be able to control our appliances from work via our smart phone but there is no cure for the common cold.

We use many things to try and prevent it: garlic, flu shots, echinacea, or vitamin C.   If we do come down with it the local drugstore has shelves full of options for relief.  Some of us will get sick some of us won't.  The reasons will probably not be apparent but might be due to one simple act - washing your hands.

This is one thing that we all can do.  Just lots of soap and water, a simple yet effective way to combat the transfer of germs. Not only will it help in terms of cold germs but other viruses as well.

From shopping carts to door handles we encounter hundreds of surfaces a day that can harbour germs. We don't have to invest in antibacterial soaps; studies have shown that any soap will do as good a job or better.  Frequent hand washing will go a long way in keeping you healthy this winter.

So lather up and have a Happy and Healthy New Year.

--Patricia Milner, Head of Reference Services

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