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    How to Prevent a Cold from Happening Before Your Hajj

    To complete your Hajj, its vital that you are not getting sick, and your health is in good condition. While elders and those sick are exempted from the pilgrimage, you want to make sure you can go on your journey.

    With all the exhausting activities and sleepless nights, our immune system may weaken. One can become more susceptible to diseases. Furthermore, there are a lot of people making cross contamination and transmission of viruses and diseases easier.

    One of the most commonly spread disease is the common cold. It could easily be spread from person to person. People with weaker immunity will be more prone to having the disease.
    Here are a few simple tips in order to prevent a cold from happening before your Hajj.
    1. Always wash your hands

    We do not know who are sick or who are carriers of the disease. A simple sneeze or cough from a sick person may infect other people. If a sick person sneezes and the droplets touch a table or any object, and another individual touches that contaminated table then that person may get infected and obtain the disease. Thus, washing hands using soap and water always is a must. If washing of hands could not be done, a sanitizer or alcohol will be enough.
    Doing this will not only prevent you from getting the common cold but also prevent you from other diseases like diarrhea.
    2. Avoid touching your face

    We cannot see microscopic microorganisms like viruses. We will never be 100 percent certain that our hands our clean. Thus, avoid touching your face, especially if you are out at public places. You will never know if your hands are contaminated with a virus.
    3. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

    We all know that fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals. Eating the right foods like vegetables, fruits and grains are important in maintaining a healthy body. Eating foods rich in vitamin C will help boost your body’s immune system. Having a healthy body is important to prevent you getting a cold.
    4. Drink plenty of water

    It is always advised that a person drinks at least eight glasses of water a day. This helps the person maintain a healthy body. An added benefit will be flushing out of viruses such as cold and flu virus from the body.
    5. Take supplements

    During the religious activities such as Hajj, it is hard to have all the needed vitamins and minerals. This is either due to the lack of sleep, inadequate nutrition from food and stress. To cope up, it is advisable that the person takes in vitamin and mineral supplements. This will ensure that the person is receiving the minimum required daily dose of vitamins and minerals.
    6. Get adequate sleep

    This is quite hard to do during the Hajj. But one must try their best to get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. This will help your body gain energy for the next day’s activity, it gives your body the chance to regenerate cells and it also helps improve your immune system
    7. Get vaccinated

    If you are travelling to an unknown place, it is always advisable to get vaccinated. An influenza shot is one of the vaccines you could ask from your doctor. The influenza shot does not guarantee that you are risk-free from the disease, but it lessens the chances that you will contract the disease.

    These are just some precautionary ways to prevent a person from contracting the common cold. You could choose any of the above mentioned ways, but it is best if you do multiple pre-emptive ways to ensure you do not get sick. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.

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