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Woman coughing and blowing her nose in autumn

Coughs and sneezes spread diseases!

Right, so who else has noticed how we all seem to be surrounded by people suffering from colds and flu this winter? How many colds have you had?

I think we would all agree that the common cold, as common as it is, and as temporary as it is, has the ability to make you feel pretty rotten for a good few days. Headaches, body aches, blocked nose, runny nose, red nose, coughing, sneezing, shivering, tiredness …..yuck! But, we also all know that as horrible as it is, it will clear up in a week or so and we will soon start to feel a bit brighter.

However, imagine, being someone who has a low immune system, which not only makes you very susceptible to getting colds and viruses but can also be very dangerous for you. Just imagine being someone who actually lives in fear of getting a cold, knowing how ill it is going to make you. People with Cancer undergoing chemotherapy, those with Cystic Fibrosis, people who have received a transplanted organ, various lung conditions, the very old, the very young and many, many more. All of these people are incredibly susceptible to germs – my germs, your germs, any germs, germs that we should do our absolute best to keep to ourselves.

I have many friends with Cystic Fibrosis including my dear, sweet husband. I know that they all dread this time of year, not only because the cold air makes it so much harder to breathe but because they are increasingly aware of how much they are surrounded by germs, making them absolutely terrified. Please, do not think that I am being over dramatic when I say, if someone with CF catches a cold, it could make them incredibly unwell. ..or even worse, it could kill them!

I am not suggesting that people go around purposely coughing or sneezing over other people but if you know someone who has a low immune system and you have a ‘sniffle’, cold or flu, please stay as far away from them as you can. You may miss them, you may have had some lovely plans together, you may have really been looking forward to seeing them, but believe me, they will thank you for staying away until you are better. Also, remember that they may not feel comfortable enough to tell you this themselves, after all no one likes to feel like their condition is the one calling the shots.

Please just remember that there is nothing ‘common’ about the common cold to someone with a low immune system!

‘Catch it, Kill it, Bin it!’

Thank you, sending lots of well wishes this winter xxxxx

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