Winters are just around the corner, and the burning question on everyone’s mind is, will it cause a spike in coronavirus cases and if it will result in a second wave of the virus? Unfortunately, since the pandemic is unpredictable, it is difficult to understand what the outcome will be. However, winters are also the time for the spread of other viruses, such as influenza and rhinoviruses, that can cause the common cold. 

Though public health officials were hoping warmer summer months would slow down the transmission of the virus since it spreads less outdoors. Regrettably, this is not the case. 

However, individuals seem to be throwing caution to the wind. Since the coronavirus cases have been tackled strategically by Canadians, after spending months in self-isolation, the majority of the citizens want to resume pre-COVID lifestyle. With schools reopening, restaurants, gyms and malls can fully function with certain restrictions, which poses a higher risk for a second wave. 

Did you know that viruses survive better outside the body in cold temperatures? During winter months there is less UV light from the sun, which is known to inactivate certain viruses. Most of us avoid stepping outdoors, sitting in the garden or taking an evening stroll. We prefer staying indoors with the windows and blinds shut. This environment with little ventilation creates a high probability for the spread of coronavirus. 

Winter months would mean people would no longer want to dine outdoors, walk on the streets, practise yoga or exercise in the open air. Where couples once enjoyed sipping iced tea on the patio and strolling hand in hand at the local parks, they would now prefer cozying up in front of the fireplace. 

Restaurants, salons, schools, and offices will all have a surge of individuals wanting to stay indoors for longer, therefore increasing the risk of virus transmission. However, the biggest threat of the spread of the virus will be during commute. Maintaining a 6 feet distance during the chilly months might be an issue while travelling as people prefer to commute by either public buses, subways or carpool. 

Furthermore, as the temperatures drop and heating systems turn on, opening windows will no longer be an option, especially in schools and offices. Experts reckon it will require a joint effort from individuals, business owners and policy-makers to come up with creative solutions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 during winter months. 

Though social distancing guidelines should be maintained at all times, and the low temperatures in Canada will pose a threat to socializing outdoors, it should be encouraged. We should ideally choose gathering options, such as outdoor skating rinks, rather than indoor buildings with close to no fresh air, such as the mall. 

Adults, children and elderlies will all face a rising threat during winter 2020. November, December, January and February are going to be tough for Canadians due to the absence of a vaccine. However, one should stay positive and hopeful for the development of a vaccine by then. Nonetheless, this time the danger of getting a virus will be greater than usual since the common cold and flu seasons will also be at a peak. On the flip side, all the precautionary measures you take to avoid coronavirus may help you ward off these viruses too. After all, social distancing can also prevent the spread of seasonal flu.   

Though Canada has yet to develop a coronavirus cure, as individuals, we can play our part in curtailing the spread of the virus. This can be done by socially distancing ourselves, wearing a mask when outdoors, wearing gloves to protect hands, washing hands frequently or using a 70% ethyl alcohol-based hand sanitizer throughout the day. 

Below are some ways to protect yourself against the common cold and flu this winter, apart from getting a flu shot. 

Effective Ways to Boost the Immune System 

This year mindfully eat the best foods to boost the immune system. Increase your immunity by taking the best source of vitamin C, such as oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, clementine’s, limes and lemons. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, exercise and stay hydrated. 

Cold and Flu Prevention Supplement 

If you feel you are coming down with the seasonal flu or the common cold, take a cup of warm water, mix a sachet of Herbion Cold & Flu Remedy Herbal Granules and sip on it slowly. You can also have them with warm tea or coffee. These granules provide quick cold and flu relief when taken at the onset of symptoms. Made with wholesome ingredients, these granules ease congestion, cough, bronchitis and catarrh.  

Best Cough Syrups 

In case you catch yourself coughing, try HerbionIvy Leaf Cough Syrup with Thyme and Licorice. The all-natural blend provides fast and effective relief from cough due to the common cold or flu. Made with a powerhouse of medicinal herbs, this ivy leaf extract Cough Syrup helps loosen mucus and phlegm, maintains bronchial and respiratory health and relieves chest congestion. 

We have specially formulated Cough Syrup for Children for kids as young as 13 months. This best Cough Syrup for kidshas a palatable cherry flavour and is made with love using medicinal herbal extracts. The entire range of cold and flu remedies are available online on Amazon. 

Conclusion 

Thinking about the unknown can be overwhelming, no matter how crippling the fear might be, there are ways of protecting ourselves and our loved ones. As a nation, we are in this together. Therefore, we must all come together and do our part to avoid the coronavirus and other viruses this winter. Let us continue taking proper precautionary measures and maintaining a strong immune system, so we stay healthy throughout winters and enjoy the holiday season to the fullest.