Beat the Winter Chill

From Malora’s Desk

The past two years have seen us so preoccupied with staying safe from COVID-19, that our prevention measures have also protected us against the common cold and flu often experienced prior to the pandemic.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has stated that the reduced transmission of the influenza virus (flu) over the past two years has led to decreased immunity against flu. With the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, it is likely that we will all be more vulnerable to catching a cold this winter season, compared to last year.

Some Winter Advice to Avoid Falling Ill

  • Practice good hygiene – we should all be champions of good hygiene. Wash your hands regularly; sneeze into your elbow and avoid others who are sick.
  • Keep it personal – avoid sharing items such as drinks, toothbrushes, utensils and towels to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Get the right vitamins through a balanced diet – Zinc, Vitamin C and D in particular.
  • Get a flu jab – speak to your doctor if you are unsure about potential side-effects of a flu vaccine or have any questions.
  • Keep moving – hot off our Move Month campaign, staying active reduces your chances of getting sick, and let’s not forget the well-established reduction in stress and mental health.

If You Feel Sick:

If you start developing a cough, sore throat, sneezing, loss of appetite and feel really tired, you may have a viral infection.

  • Immediately ensure you distance yourself from your colleagues and others so you don’t expose them to infection.
  • It goes without saying that you must not come into work/the office if you have flu, a cold, COVID etc. Contact your manager and discuss your sick leave options.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated (water, juice, Energade).
  • Take over-the-counter medication to help relieve the symptoms.
  • Rest! As tough as this can be with all our work and life demands, sleep and rest is crucial to your body fighting off infection.
  • If you are concerned about your symptoms, and not feeling better, consult a doctor.

Winter can also be exceptionally tough for those less fortunate. Consider donating a jersey, blanket or provide some community service to feed those in need during this challenging season. If you have any causes you’d like to mention for people to get involved in, or run a donation drive, please send this through to

Stay warm, stay safe, stay healthy.