LIFESTYLE

How To Avoid Catching A Virus

17/09/2014 16:40 BST | Updated 17/09/2014 16:59 BST

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but, if you hadn't noticed already, we're entering virus season. *Sniffles*

Yep it's the time of the year where a large portion of your hard-earned cash goes towards buying vitamins, soft tissues, hand gel, snuggly socks and all of the other paraphernalia that autumn and winter brings.

But why does our health always take a turn for the worse at this time of year? And why do viruses spread like wildfire?

The answer lies in the above video which offers an insight into the rapid transfer of viruses, which occurs far quicker than you might think.

According to the NHS, "colds are caused by viruses which attack the lining of the nose and throat, inflaming these areas. As they become inflamed, they begin to produce more mucus, resulting in a runny nose and sneezing.

They add: "More than 200 types of virus can cause a cold. Those most responsible for colds belong to one of two groups, rhinoviruses and coronaviruses.

"Because a number of viruses can cause a cold, it's possible to have several colds, one after the other, as each one is caused by a different virus."

Dr Zollinger-Read, chief medical officer for Bupa says: "Colds and flu spread the same way – through direct contact or through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. They can also be picked up when you touch a contaminated surface and then put your fingers near your nose, mouth or eyes.

"The flu virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours and a on a soft surface for around 20- minutes. Practising good hygiene is essential to helping prevent and to stop colds and flu from spreading. Wash your hands regularly – making sure you use hot, soapy water."

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