The threat of colds and flu is highest during the winter months, and 1 in 10 Brits are incorrectly relying on antibiotics to fight viral infections. This has been found in recent research conducted by Qures Health Group has also uncovered that Brits are relying on a number of myths to relieve their cold and flu symptoms every year.
Despite looking after our health correctly by staying hydrated (43%) and getting plenty of rest (43%), there are many myths that Brits believe help to treat colds and flus that do not work or even make matters worse. For over a third (37%), taking vitamin C is among the top home remedies, yet there have been no consistent findings showing it has any positive effects, and can sometimes do more harm than good.
Similarly, Brits are using their hands to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze (44%), in reality this increases the spread of bacteria when touching phones, keyboards, and even doorknobs straight after. One in ten (13%) still swear by the power of a hot toddy to get over a cold or a flu, completely disregarding the fact that alcohol weakens the immune system further.
Things that we can actually rely on are the traditional chicken soup, which a fifth of Brits (20%) are correctly cooking up when the first symptoms start to show, and Even more inhale eucalyptus and steam (28%) to relieve pressure in the sinuses for relief. Qures Health Group are advocating for education to make sure myths aren’t getting mixed up with remedies.