Made it this far without succumbing? There are ways to keep the lurgy at bay – find out how to combat a common cold.
Wash your hands: cold viruses can live on indoor surfaces for up to seven days. Nice.
Don’t touch your nose or eyes: this lower￼s ￼￼￼￼￼your chance of getting infected.
Blitz surfaces against germs: regularly wipe ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼keyboards, door handles, light switches and phones.
Test your metal: evidence suggests zinc can ￼￼￼￼￼￼reduce the length and severity of a cold if taken as symptoms start. ￼￼￼￼￼￼
Flower up: trials found those who took echinacea regularly were 30% less likely to get a cold.