‘Tis the season for respiratory tract infections, protect yourselves from the cold, says health chief

Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial on Thursday dished out advices on how to stop common illnesses that come with the season from ruining one's holidays.

Ubial said the cold season brings with it runny noses, cough, sore throat, and fever, all symptoms of respiratory tract infections that affect the young and old alike.

"Kung malamig, magdagdag tayo ng isusuot natin (If it is cold, we have to warm ourselves by layering our clothes)," she said in an interview, noting the importance of wearing jackets as protection against the cold.

She also advised everyone to use umbrellas as protection against rain, especially when attending the "Simbang Gabi" or the dawn masses or when attending parties late at night.

Over-exposure to cold and the lack of protective clothing could lower the body's immunity or ability to fight illnesses, Ubial said.

One should also stay away from those showing symptoms of flu, she said, noting that sneezing and coughing could spread the virus, thus those who have flu need to cover their noses and mouths when they sneeze and cough.

They also need to isolate themselves, stay at home, take a rest, get lots of sleep and drink lots of fluid, especially water, she said, emphasizing that those who feel ill should immediately seek medical attention and avoid crowded places until they recover.

Getting flu and pneumonia shots during this season would also be a great help, especially for the elderly, she added.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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