How to avoid catching a sore throat at winter parties

How to avoid catching a sore throat at winter parties

Winter is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends, but celebrating in such close quarters may increase our chances of catching winter ailments like sore throats. Lurgies run rampant at this time of year and party guests are especially vulnerable with all that shaking of hands, kissing of cheeks, sharing of communal food and was that or wasn’t that my drink?

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How to avoid catching a sore throat at winter parties

Winter is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends, but celebrating in such close quarters may increase our chances of catching winter ailments like sore throats. Lurgies run rampant at this time of year and party guests are especially vulnerable with all that shaking of hands, kissing of cheeks, sharing of communal food and “was that or wasn’t that my drink?”

Luckily with a bit of common sense and hygiene etiquette you can have a fun winter party without worrying too much about the after effects.

  1. Carry hand sanitiser – After shaking hands or kissing cheeks with someone who looks like they may be hiding a sore throat behind their festive smile, just slip into the corner, whip out your sanitiser.
  2. Name your drink – If you are the party host why not provide chalkboard drink labels for your guests so they can name their own drinks and reduce the chances of muddling them up and unnecessary sharing of winter gripes like sore throats.
  3. Avoid communal food – Communal bowls can be breeding grounds for winter bugs with all that double dipping (there’s always one!) and dispersing of germs from guests’ hands. It might be best to ditch the chips, nuts and dips and stick to the less contaminated single serve hors d’oeuvres.
  4. Steer clear of the communal bathroom hand towel – All those guests, all those hands, all those potential germs… Another reason to carry that hand sanitiser.
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