How to Avoid Getting a Cold or Flu

Respiratory tract

At this time of year a lot of us worry about getting a cold – but there may be a solution!

Colds are notoriously hard to cure or inoculate against because they are caused by many different strains of virus – too many for vaccines to be created.

So we have offered to help local scientist Patrick Shaw Stewart test some recommendations (from a study published in The Lancet) for helping your body beat the viruses.

Several different novel methods of avoiding colds and flu will be investigated in the trial. The methods are based on exercise and clothing – and involve nothing unpleasant or difficult!

If you decide to join the trial you will be assigned to one of the “arms” of the trial and be sent an email giving you simple advice that you should follow for one week.  It will take an hour or less of your time over the week to follow the advice – which will be very healthy too.  Two weeks later you will be sent a simple self-assessment questionnaire for you to report any symptoms of colds and flu that you may have experienced.  That’s it!

How to Join the Trial

If you would like to join the trial, please send a message to Patrick at [email protected] saying that you want to participate.  People of all ages are welcome.


The Eurowinter Group. “Cold exposure and winter mortality from ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, respiratory disease, and all causes in warm and cold regions of Europe.” The Lancet 349.9062 (1997): 1341-1346.



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2 Responses

  1. I don’t want a cold/flu leading up to Christmas! My immune system has been compromised by Lyme Disease but if you need volunteers and it’s simple I might be available! (NB I wouldn’t have a flu vaccine).

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