How to protect yourself against viruses

A few simple measures help to protect yourself better against viruses. Seven simple hygiene tips help reduce the risk of catching colds, flu and gastrointestinal infections.

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#1 Wash hands and keep away from face

Cold viruses, in particular, are very often spread through the hands. So wash your hands regularly – especially before preparing food and after going to the toilet. Take about 20-30 seconds and spread the soap between your fingers. You should also keep your hands away from your face.

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#2 Hygienic cough

Even if it goes against good breeding: Do not cough or sneeze into your hand. You can cough better in your sleeves to keep your hands free of viruses. Also, when coughing and sneezing, keep your distance to your fellow human beings and turn away from the person opposite you.

#3 Stay at home

In case of illness you should not go to work. If several colleagues in your department are infected, it harms the company more than if one person is absent. So always remember: your health benefits everyone – you and your colleagues.

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#4 Get Well

In normal cases, the tried and tested home remedies are often sufficient: drink a lot, sleep a lot and allow yourself some rest. If this is not enough, go to your doctor and ask him to recommend or prescribe a suitable remedy.

#5 Watch for the first signs

Take symptoms that indicate a viral infection seriously. Typical symptoms of influenza include a severe feeling of illness, coughing and aching limbs. Sudden nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea can be signs of a norovirus infection. In these cases, pay particular attention to the hygiene tips so as not to spread the disease further.

#6 Protect family members

Your family, of course, is particularly vulnerable to infection. Therefore, avoid physical contact if possible and keep your distance. Pay attention to general cleanliness in the apartment, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.

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#7 Ventilate rooms regularly

Viruses can multiply particularly well in enclosed spaces. Regular ventilation therefore reduces the risk of infection. Furthermore, airing prevents the mucous membranes of the mouth and nose, which are important for the defence against viruses, from drying out. Ventilate at least three to four times a day.

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