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PROTECTING AGAINST FLU: Flu fears rise amid calls to remember ‘Hands, Face, Space’ this winter


PROTECTING AGAINST FLU: Brits are more concerned than ever about catching the flu this winter, despite turning to the old Covid saying Hands, Face, Space to avoid getting ill whilst out and about, a new survey shows.

  • Over half of Brits say they are concerned about getting ill with the Flu this winter
  • And that rises to almost three quarters of people who’ve had Covid
  • Worryingly, a fifth think their immune system is worse than it was during the last flu season two years ago
  • Over a third of Brits admit they don’t sanitise their hands enough 
  • Joining us on Wednesday 24th November to discuss this and give tips on preventing winter illness is GP and TV medic, Dr Punam Krishan and Nursem Founder, Jonny Philp


When asked what they are doing to prevent catching or cold or flu this winter, many are washing their hands more regularly (55%), using face coverings (51%) and avoiding crowded spaces (54%), but this worry is not subsiding and Brits are left feeling helpless about what to do to keep hygiene levels high.

Some Brits are also prioritising a well-balanced diet, taking more vitamins and following their parent’s old advice about wrapping up warm and snug before leaving the house.

According to the new research by Dragon’s Den success story, Nursem, two thirds are sanitising their hands more regularly than in the past, 43% are washing or cleaning their surfaces more and a third of Brits are simply trying to avoid peak time on public transport.

Worryingly, Brits think they are most likely to catch a cold or the flu from places they socialise in, at the supermarket and at work, yet almost 1 in 10 of us wouldn’t call in sick to work due to guilt!

And when it comes to keeping their hands clean, Brits will sanitise up to SEVEN times a day.

However, when asked why they don’t do it more, 1 in 3 say their skin feels dry after using a sanitiser, 14% say it leaves their skin irritated and sore, and over half believe they wash their hands enough as it is. Unfortunately for those with eczema, the story is even worse, with 21% saying their skin is even more affected.

What’s more, a QUARTER of Brits would argue that the health benefits of using an alcohol gel-based hand sanitiser are not worth the discomfort they experience, as many have also developed contact dermatitis from drying alcohol gels!

Caring skincare brand, Nursem, has launched a revolutionary alcohol free Caring Hand Sanitiser to help care for hands whilst it sanitises. It uses innovative hypochlorous that is proven to be as effective as alcohol gel against 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. It’s suitable for the most sensitive of hands by being as gentle to skin as water. Hypochlorous is one of nature’s most effective antiviral substances found within white blood cells as part of our own immune system.

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