Citrus Fruits– Nature's Natural Flu Fighters

FLU SEASON UPDATE

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Over the course of an average year, Australian workers take more than 80 million sick days, resulting in losses of more than $2.56 billion annually. A significant proportion of these absences can be chalked up to germ-borne ailments like the common cold or influenza.

 

August is generally the month with the most recorded cases of flu and according to the latest statistics from the Australian Department of Health; influenza activity has started to increase nationally indicating that our flu season has begun. Influenza A is the predominant virus type and over the past fortnight, around 12 percent of cases have required hospitalisation directly to the ICU, with the majority of these cases representing a median age group of 46 years.¹

 

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS

The Australian Government’s Department of Health cites two main ways in which the flu virus can spread – either via respiratory droplets from an infected person’s coughs and sneezes, or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your mouth nose and eyes.²

 

You may be contagious from the first day even before you’re aware of any symptoms, and for up to seven days after the sickness takes hold. So, it’s important you do what you can to help prevent spreading infection both at home and work.

 

YOUR WORKPLACE GERM DEFENCE STRATEGY

Microbiology researcher Charles Gerba has conducted dozens of recent studies on workplace contagion, concluding that the best way to avoid catching the latest office bug is by adopting an aggressive defence strategy.

 

Wash up

Your mother was right, and now science has confirmed it: no other single action reduces your risk of catching cold as effectively as simply washing your hands. Lather up for at least twenty seconds, and be sure to rinse well. You can also use anti-bacterial gel.

 

Cover up

Quite simply, the act of covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze helps prevent the disbursement of respiratory drops into your office environment.

 

Keep your distance

If a colleague is under the weather, working through illness, or is just returning to work after an illness-related absence, try to keep your distance, albeit discreetly.

 

Clean up

Several recent studies have singled out phones, keyboards and the computer mouse as major sources of contamination in office settings. Most office supply stores sell special-purpose cleaning wipes that you can use to sanitise your equipment at the end of your shift. During flu season, it’s good to implement a policy of regularly cleaning surfaces such as door and fridge handles and tables.

 

Avoid sharing

Although it’s less likely in a workplace environment, you should avoid sharing personal items such as food utensils and cups. Make sure you replace bathroom towels with disposable paper ones.

 

 

VITAMIN C HELPS KEEP THE WINTER NASTIES AT BAY

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It's a well-known fact that vibrantly coloured citrus fruits in general contain essential nutrients for good health, especially vitamin C. This powerful vitamin has been studied for over 60 years as a treatment to help reduce the severity of (or even prevent) cold and flu as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle regime.

 

Best known for its ability to strengthen the immune system, vitamin C helps detoxify our bodies, promote cell healing and helps us cope better with stress. It also acts as a
scavenger to neutralise harmful elements naturally occurring within the body, as well as helping the body fight infection.

 

Your Fruit at Work boxes come packed with Vitamin C-rich oranges and mandarins, so make the most of these citrus fruits at work!

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