Although spring has finally sprung, the weather is still a little chilly and the cold/ flu virus is rife. 1000 UK Brits told OnePoll they have suffered from the cold or flu this year, so we asked them how they coped and what made them feel better.
According to UK Brits, the worst parts of having a cold/ flu are blocked nose (23%), runny nose (22%) and a sore throat (16%).
The most popular way to relieve these symptoms is taking Paracetamol (61%) followed closely by taking medicated lozenges (51%) and having hot drink remedies such as ‘Lemsip’ (48%).
Over half of Brits learned their cold/ flu remedies from their mum (56%) and some have come up with their own remedies, including drinking ‘flat Lucozade’ and ‘eating raw onion’.
While the medicine works its magic, many Brits like other comfort food and drink when they have a cold/ flu.
In British style, 41% like a cup of tea when they’re ill. Other popular food and drink include soup (36%), hot chocolate (21%) and orange juice (19%).
To stave off boredom when stuck at home with a cold/ flu, 59% get extra sleep, over a third watch daytime TV (34%) and over a quarter watch their favourite film (27%).
It is commonly said that men suffer most with the flu, but is this true? Men seem to think so.
34% of males say men suffer the most when they have a cold/ flu and 28% get their partner to look after them when they’re ill.
33% of employed men have called in sick to work in the last year due to a cold/flu as opposed to 30% of women.
Men are also more likely to call in sick sooner than women and only wait 1 day after symptoms appear (45%) whereas women tend to wait 2 days (44%).
On the whole, working Brits take an average of 2 days off work when they have a cold/flu.
It’s common among the younger generation to update social media when ill with 76% of 18-24s updating Facebook to say they’re ill.
37% of UK Brits have even posted a ‘Selfie’ when ill.
Brits’ creative ways to beat a cold/ flu
- ‘Breathing practice’
- ‘Eating boiled onion broth’
- ‘Fresh lemon hot drink with fresh ginger and a spoonful of whisky & honey’
- ‘Goose fat on chest’
- ‘Lavender on my pillow’
- ‘Vinegar and sugar’
- ‘Put tissue up your nose and leave it there for a little while’
- ‘Vaseline on feet’
- ‘Put Vicks on soles of feet’
- ‘Steam inhalation with sage and thyme fresh crushed herbs’
- ‘Chew raw garlic every day’