AACHEN! Yes, that’s the sound of winter. This is the sound a person makes while sneezing, in case your sneeze like a Mozart symphony. Winter is that time of the year when our immune system or the mechanism which protects our body is most vulnerable to bacteria in the air and different kinds of germs. Airborne infections are also at their highest in winter because the air is denser and makes it easier for the transmission of such bacteria. The illnesses spread like wildfire in schools and workplaces because of the cozy environment. It is best you tackle them before they knock you down for a good part of the winter.
Winter is regarded as the peak season of flu because according to various reports, flu cases peak during January and February and continue till March. A respiratory illness, the flu spreads from person to person, mostly through coughs, sneezes and even general talking. It is possible to contract the flu by touching a surface infected with the flu virus then transmitting it to your mouth, nose or eyes. Up to 20 percent of the population will be impacted by the flu each year.
Ear infections are another common illness which occurs in the winter and whose primary victims are the children. There are a number of reasons for it to occur in winter, such as the change of pressure of the air and the transmission of bacteria as well as skin problems in the cold and dense air.
The common cold
The common cold is widespread through the year but the numbers peak during winter and monsoon seasons. An upper respiratory infection, colds are spread similarly to the flu. Colds ordinarily bring nasal congestion, scratchy throats and sneezing along with other symptoms depending on the strain.